Happy New Day!

by Naomi Fisher on February 01, 2015

It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness (Lamentations 3:23).

Happy first month of the year! This is the month when New Year’s resolutions are  made after a few months of pondering what they should be. This is also the month that resolutions are broken and hastily fade into the background of our lives. The holiday hustle and bustle has finally subsided, and we return to our normal routines—not integrating resolutions into our day-to-day schedule.

Like the majority of “resolution makers,” we may feel a cringe inside of us—knowing how we determined new standards to achieve in our life, and how easily they were broken. The tune, “well there is always next year” is constantly on repeat in our heads. We too feel like we’re failing ourselves and everyone around us who heard us boldly proclaim how this would be the year that we would…

Yet, there is something “sacred” about the first day of the month that gives us a sense of newness and freshness. There is something about leaving a year behind us and walking into a brand new year that puts a wind under our heels and a bit of hope in our hearts that this year could be different. But, the minute our resolution is broken, the newness of the year begins to lose its charm and appeal. But, may I propose a different way of thinking on the matter?

Not only is God’s grace sufficient for us in every New Year, but it is equally sufficient for us in every new day. His mercies are renewed like the morning sun. No matter if it is a New Year’s resolution, or mistakes that we make in the day, Jesus has a wellspring of mercy that is waiting for us the minute the new day dawns.

Yes, it is good to set goals. But, when those goals are broken, it doesn’t mean goals should be done away with. Every day is a brand new day with new mercies, new victories, new challenges, and new successes. We should treat every day like we treat the beginning of the New Year because in reality, no one has ever stepped into the new day given to us but God. He provides a brand new perspective for us if we will allow Him.

It’s said that it takes 21 days to create a habit. If we try to start a new habit and we fail before the “21-day habit” mark is achieved, we need to realize that God is right there with us. He is waiting on us in the morning, acting as our cheering squad, telling us, “we can overcome.” God loves for us to partake of His new mercies. We need to realize that God is not taking a tally of everything we do wrong. In repentance, God wipes our life clean. And, right along with new mercies comes a wellspring of forgiveness.

Ever wonder why we say, “Good Morning” to each other? There are many different opinions as to why, but I believe the morning is good because it is brand new, fresh, full of mercy and love, and all mine to explore. Each day, there are some who did not awake to a new morning. We should consider ourselves highly blessed that God chose us to arise in another new morning, packed full of His mercy.

I woke up one morning with a timeless song in my head:

Great is Thy faithfulness. Great is Thy faithfulness.
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have need of Thy hands have provided.
Great is Thy faithfulness Lord, God to me.

We can rest in the knowledge that as we walk into this New Year with an entire set of new challenges, new victories, and new failures, His mercies are renewed every morning. So, we can take each day a step at a time, and rejoice in the bountiful mercies of Jesus Christ.