Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17
It’s the beginning of a new year, and with it comes what feels like a fresh start. There’s a reason people start resolutions on January 1st and not in the middle of December! With resolutions written, and optimism in the air, the first week of January is normally an easy success. But what about the second week, the third, or the fourth? What happens when life doesn’t go as planned, you don’t keep your resolutions, and the gleeful spirit of New Years is gone?
Although as humans, we love track records, Scripture tells us that we need to be receiving our daily bread. When God was blessing the Israelites with manna from heaven, he told them not to store it up. He would provide what they needed on a daily basis. Some Israelites did this anyway and woke up to some rotten food. January 1st isn’t your fresh start; your fresh start is every day.
Every morning when you wake up, you have a blank slate. Satan loves to convince us that our past will dictate our future, but Jesus makes us new creations–and that’s a daily process. The old has passed away and his mercies are new every morning! Trust that the Lord will provide new strength, new insights, and new chances. As you seek him, collect your daily bread from the Word of Life.
If you’ve maintained a winning streak so far this month, congratulations. And if you haven’t, you’re not down for the count (and don’t you dare believe the lies that tell you so!). In the words of Anne of Green Gables, “Every day is fresh with no mistakes in it.” Though planning is important, and goals are wonderful, today is all you have. How are you going to choose to live it? What will your day write on this precious blank slate?