37 days into this year and for the vast majority of people that I know, myself included, nothing has gone as planned. Resolutions have been abandoned, families have been broken, lies of 2016 have been exposed, predictions of 2017 have started being confirmed, the political climate has been beyond discouraging. Although things have been going awry, nothing has been as bad as it could be and to be honest, some things have been way better than they should be.
Last year, I spent a good amount of time being wasteful. I procrastinated, was a poor steward of my finances, held back my talents even when God was pulling me to do certain things, and only completed about 40% of my goals (I know it’s sad). It’s safe to say that I did not finish 2016 strong, and I have not gotten a strong start in 2017. But the idea that I have come to embrace over this past week, as I was thinking about all the things that I was not able to accomplish even though I seemed to have had ample time and resources, was that with life each new day, I have new opportunity. I am not suggesting that things should continuously be put off, but if you set a goal, and did not accomplish it by the deadline that you set, I am suggesting that you not be discouraged.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – II Corinthians 5:17
What you invest your life into now will grow to full maturity at the time when God says, regardless of how we have it planned out. And as long as you keep receiving the gift of life each day, you have an opportunity to keep going. If you’re not dead, you have the opportunity to keep living, and you should take it. I don’t mean just breathing, but putting in the work to get to where God is leading you.
On this Monday, I hope you do not get discouraged by whatever has already come to pass. But if you do by chance has something on your heart that is making you feel like you are failing at being who or where you should be, just know that today is a new day and God has given you a chance for a reason. Look to what is ahead, not what you have had to leave behind.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23
Grace and peace