Sometimes it’s very easy for us to waken up and go through the motions of our normal daily routine. Have a shower, get dressed, eat some breakfast and brush our teeth before travelling the usual route to work, listening to the same radio show and mumbling the same complaints under our breath about traffic and red lights. We can become so accustomed to our daily routine that we do not grasp the beauty, blessing and miracle that is the creation of a new day.
The Psalmist, however, got this! He wrote in Psalm 118 v 24 ‘This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.’ This is the day that the Lord has made. Each day is a blessing granted to us by our heavenly Father, each second carefully planned, each raindrop perfectly placed. It is not a ‘right’ that is owed to us, nor something we can take for granted. The great Designer of the entire universe thinks so carefully and so considerately as to how He can bless us abundantly every time He wakens us for a new day and many times we forget to even acknowledge Him, let alone thank Him!
Take a few minutes today just to list all of the blessings that you have experienced in the last 24 hours. It’s very easy for us to moan about the rain, forgetting that God is providing the water needed for our food to flourish and grow. It’s easy for us to complain about the traffic but not to give thanks for the fact that we can afford a car to drive to work in. Especially in the mornings we are quick to snap at the ones we love, forgetting what a blessing our family and friends are to us. With each new day comes thousands of opportunities to give thanks and praise to God, so let us try and build this habit into our days!
A new day also means a new beginning. I recently came across this quote by an unknown author: ‘Morning is God’s way of saying- one more time, go make a difference, touch a heart, encourage someone, inspire a soul and enjoy the day.’ A new day is a new start, a clean slate, a fresh opportunity. We can forget the failings and sins of the previous day once we have asked for forgiveness and handed them over to God, because we know that He removes them from us as far as the East is from the West.
So tomorrow morning try to remember to 1) thank God for another new day and all of the blessings that come along with it and 2) prepare yourself for a great new adventure because each day is not ‘just any other day’!
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