It’s gone. The last twenty-four hours have slipped into that mysterious realm of ‘past’…and it can never be pulled back out again. But! We have a new day, a stretch of hours before us, and if we’re holding to regret’s hand, trying to keep it from falling away with yesterday…it’s time to let go. If we made mistakes, if we spoke too loudly and too quickly, if we didn’t focus our attention, if we hurt someone…if we ate too many chocolate chips and not enough carrots just because we felt a little stressed (ahem. guilty.)…whatever those wish-I-could-take-back moments may be, don’t let them piggy-back into this day. Let us come boldly to the throne of grace, through our mediator – Jesus- and ask forgiveness. And, then, being confident that He is true, we must have faith and accept that forgiveness. Take heart – take joy!- in His mercy…and move forward. In His strength, to His glory, live today. And, yes, consequences may follow our actions…but His grace is so complete that He will help us to handle the fall-out in a way that will honor Him. He is amazing that way, in His going before us and behind us…working things out for our good when we love Him.
And maybe yesterday was a good day for you. When we are seeking Him, we are meant to live an abundant, joy-filled life! It is my prayer that you and I can walk in His goodness every day – living through whatever comes our way with peace that can’t be taken away. So a new day means another chance to come into His presence…to offer hearts of praise…to learn more about His character…to love others deeply…to reflect Him more than we did yesterday. In the words of Francis Chan – “as believers, we can never be ‘done’ with God. He is infinite and we are finite; there will always be more of His character to discover, more of His love to experience, and more of His power to use for His purpose.”
So today is a fresh start – may we forget those things which are behind and reach forward to those things which are ahead, pressing toward Christ. Let’s run and not turn back! (from Phil. 3:13-14)
“I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—
the feeling of hitting the bottom.
But there’s one other thing I remember,
and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:
God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.
God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope,
quietly hope for help from God.
It’s a good thing when you’re young
to stick it out through the hard times.
When life is heavy and hard to take,
go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions:
Wait for hope to appear.
Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face.
The “worst” is never the worst.
Why? Because the Master won’t ever
walk out and fail to return.
If he works severely, he also works tenderly.
His stockpiles of loyal love are immense.” ~From Lamentations 3 (the MSG)