This morning I received an email message from a friend. It was a lovely collection of pictures and little sayings posted on YouTube. (here’s a link if you’re interested) But as I was watching, one phrase jumped out at me.
It said, “Don’t start your day with broken pieces of yesterday.”
I’ve been thinking of it ever since. How many of us start the day with disappointment, discouragement, or disillusionment over what happened yesterday? This leads some of us to begin our days in a depression of guilt, shame, or frustration over un-achieved dreams and unaccomplished plans.
Some followers of Christ just can’t get past their past. They start each new day as believers worried about how bad they’ve been or how they’ve not lived up to expectations as “saints” of God.
I think this is exactly what’s on Paul’s mind when he writes,
“… forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13–14
As we pursue living the Christian life in a way that glorifies God, we need to do 3 things every day.
#1 – Thank the Lord for dying on the Cross in order to wipe out our every sin.
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
#2 – Praise Him for a new start in Christ.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
#3 – Forget about yesterday and look ahead with praise for all that God has given you for this new day.
This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him. Lamentations 3:21–25
As every day begins, forget about all your broken yesterdays and praise Jesus for all the new days that ahead.
Think about it…