Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ’em?
Like many of you, I was glad to leave 2017 behind and excited about starting 2018. There’s just something about January that gives us a sense of hope that with a new year comes a reboot on life. It would be great if it worked that way, but it doesn’t. Oftentimes, a new month comes with a new set of trials and troubles.
I read online recently that January is considered the most depressing month of the year. The anticipation of Christmas has passed, the weather is bitterly cold, the bills are rolling in, and the resolutions we made have all been broken. It’s no wonder that feelings of despair, dread, and hopelessness consume our thoughts and lives. It doesn’t have to be that way though.
Each day that we awaken is a fresh start. In the song “Day One”, Contemporary Christian music singer Matthew West says it like this, “Every single day Your grace reminds me that my best days are not behind me. Wherever my yesterday may find me, I don’t have to stay there.” Yesterday may not have gone as planned, but today is a fresh start. The author of Lamentations was well acquainted with grief. He said in Lamentations 3:19-20 (NLT), “The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss.” He didn’t stop there. He continues in verses twenty-one through twenty-three in what are some of the most often quoted scriptures in the Bible, “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
Whatever we our facing today does not have to define how we live tomorrow. God has promised not to leave us or forsake us. As Paul wrote in Philippians 4:12,13, “I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” And because His mercies are new every morning, so can we.”
Remember: A new year is just a date on the calendar. A new you can begin each day. Don’t give up now. The best is yet to come.
Have a blessed week, y’all!