Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Brand New Day

Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; 
great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

I take great confidence in these verses and the promise of new mercies from God every day. It means that He doesn't hold my (confessed & forgiven) sin from yesterday against me today. It promises a clean slate and the unconditional love of a Father who won't hold yesterday's mistakes against me.

It's more than just God's mercy for us though--it's a challenge to live today better than we lived yesterday. It's a declaration on our part that we will not allow the mistakes and sin of the past to determine our future. We don't have to carry the banner of the wounded & downtrodden, but can choose to move beyond past hurts. We can choose to not let our present & future be defined by our past--whether it has been done by us or done to us. The gift of brand new mercies peeks over the horizon and illuminates our potential to be & do something new today. I never get tired of the beauty of this gift, but I often forget to be thankful for it when the day begins.

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