Today is the day of the rest of your life. I love this quote. I love it because it is quite true. I love it because it focuses our minds on today. Yes, there is a sense of the future, since how we live today determines how we live tomorrow. But, it poignantly reminds us that today is important.
It is a new day, a new month, and a new year. It is a beginning and the start of something fresh and clean. I think of a chalkboard. It is easily wiped clean at any given moment, just waiting to be used and written upon. Our lives and hearts are similar.
One of my favorite verses says,
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
Great is your faithfulness.”
Do you realize where this verse if found? Right smack dab in the middle of the book of Lamentations. The book is a reminder to the Israelites that now might be a time of weeping, but God is faithful and he will renew and restore what has been lost, what the people are weeping over.
Sometimes, in our finite minds, we tend to see new as just another beginning where the old is just set aside and unfinished. But, God is saying something quite contrary to this line of thinking. Notice he says his mercies never end and they come every morning. Mercy has to do with unmerited favor.
We are not owed favor or just get by with the old, no, rather we are to take the daily renewal of mercy and allow it to mend and heal our lives in such a way that the old is not even desired.
If you have ever denied yourself something for a period of time and then allowed yourself to have that something back into your life, you understand what I am talking about. Our family does not eat a lot of sugar. We are not “sugar free” by any stretch, but we just don’t keep sugary food around. It took some time, but eventually, I am not wowed by sugar anymore.
The same goes for mercy. Once you allow God’s mercy to make changes in your life, even small daily changes, the old ways are not nearly as impressive as you once thought.
So, take this challenge, begin to breathe God’s mercy into your life every morning. Take today and know you are God’s child and he has you in the palm of his hand.
Today, even if it isn’t the first day of the year or the month. Live today in God’s rich mercy knowing you can have a fresh mini beginning. Live today and enjoy today.
Don’t get stuck in the past and don’t worry about tomorrow. Live today. It is the present, the here and now. It is a present, a gift to be opened and touched and felt and used.
God’s faithfulness is great, live today for him!