We wake up in the morning, brush our teeth, drink our coffee, read our E-Mails or Blog posts, or do whatever we do every morning and the thought of a new day does not even cross our minds. We dive straight in and wrestle the hours away. Some hours are pleasant, other are harrowing and somethimes downright terrifying, but mostly it is humdrum - we have done it all so many times before that we do not even notice we are doing it again - whatever "it" might be. We never even think of the wonderful gift we are handed on the golden pallete of the sunrise every morning - a new day - TODAY.
It would bode us well to stop every morning and realise that TODAY is a precious gift; ours to do with or make into what we want to. I think of TODAY as my saviour, crucified between two thieves, Yesterday and Tomorrow and I remind myself that Yesterday is a cancelled cheque and Tomorrow is only a promisory note, but TODAY is cash is hand for me to decide how I am going to spend it and on what. Oh yes, you might tell me that your responsibilities towards your husband or children or boss or parent or an untold number of different situations and circumstances will determine how your "TODAY" will be spent and yes, I agree, but only YOU have the power to determine the quality of the hours in today.
Will I spend them in anger and discontent? Hating everybody and everything I come in contact with. Frustrated with all the thing I wish I could change but cannot. Weighted down by the burdens of everyday life on out dear little Planet Earth... or will I face this new day with peace in my heart and a smile on my face, believing that God will send nothing my way that Him and I together, could not face.
Sometimes we get stuck in the past: "If only I did.... If only it was... If only I could..." Sometimes we wish our future away: "I wish it was Christmas already... I cannot wait for my grandchild to be born... I cannot wait for my next promotion...." What a waste! We can do nothing to change yesterday and even less about what will happen tomorrow, but we can take today and mold it into what we want it to be. Sure, bad things can and probably will happen (we have Murphy to thank for thank), but we get to decide how we will experience and deal with it.
Someone wrote the following and I thought it was very well said: "This is the beginning of a new day. I have been given this day to use it as I will. I can waste it… or use it for good. But what I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it! When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something that I’ve traded for it. I want it to be Gain, and not loss, Good and not evil, Success and not failure, in order that I won’t regret the price that I’ve paid for it. I will try just for today…for you never fail until you stop trying."
God knew well that we could not live our whole life at once and therefore He gave us only one day at a time to savour, experience and enjoy. We should consider this gift more and start every new TODAY with determination to spend it in such a way that when we go to bed tonight, we can do so in the knowledge that today was worth a day of our life. Today was gain and not loss, good and not evil, success and not failure.
I am a John Denver fan and must close off with some words from his song:
"Today is the first day Of the rest of my life.
I wake as a child
To see the world begin.
On monarch wings
And birthday wonderings.
Want to put on faces.
Walk in the wet and cold.
And look forward to my growing old.