Each new day that the Lord proffer us is a chance to begin anew. Yesterday has already passed, and although there may be some things that were done that we wish we could have done a little differently, or some things that we might have said that we wish we had not said, that page in the chapters of our life has already been written. The best that we can do is learn from our mistakes and resolve to make each new day better than the day before.
Every Day is a New Beginning
Marsha Petrie Sue, an author, public speaker, and motivational coach from Scottsdale, Arizona, is quoted as having said, “Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.” This is wise counsel for each of us to heed, for as long as we continue to pitch our tents and dwell in the lands of the past, our forward progression in life will forever be hindered. Maria Robinson, author of Journey’s End, also gave us something to ponder when she astutely stated, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” The page that we write today in our book of life will be distinctly different for each of us because the vicissitudes of life are necessarily different for each person based on their individual circumstances.
Seneca, a Roman philosopher of the mid-first century AD once said, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” Using that statement as a premise, the opening sentences or paragraph of the new page that is now being written may include a brief recap of recent days gone by or some other significant event that has help bring us to this particular juncture in our lives. That recapitulation might include some of the mistakes that were made during our journey and the life lessons that were learned from those mistakes. Our introductory statements may also include our “battle plans” for pressing forward to make this new beginning something that will be memorable.
Learn from the Past But Don’t Choose to Dwell There
Regardless of how we choose to begin the new page in our book of life, there are some things that bear remembering. For instance, we will never be able to move forward as long as we keep looking behind us or have a want to remain in the past. Someone has wisely said, “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”
With that thought in mind, we should understand that there is nothing wrong with briefly reflecting upon the past. It is from the past that we can glean some of our most valuable life lessons. The danger, however, arises when we choose to pitch our tent towards the lands of the past and keep our backs turned against the land of new opportunities that await us. As a result, we shortchange ourselves and miss out on those things that might have been if only we had pressed forward and not looked back. We must come to the total realization that yesterday has come and gone and has now taken its place among the annals of history which are nice to visit from time to time, but let us weigh on the side of caution and not spend an exuberant amount of time getting caught up in its pages.
Let us resolve as we begin each new day by being ever mindful of the words of the Apostle Paul as recorded in Philippians 3: 13-14,
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Verse 15 of that same chapter goes on to say,
Let us therefore, as many as be perfect be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.” Why should we do these things?
We find the answer recorded in Philippians 3:20, “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior the Lord Jesus Christ”.
Make the Best of Each New Day
With each new beginning there exists yet another danger we should be aware of. Just as pitching our tents toward the lands of the past can create problems along the way, pitching our tents in the land of the future can sometimes cause equal problems. In either case, we tend to miss the mark. The most important time period is the here and now – the present. This is the moment!
Have you ever wondered why it is called the present? Simply, it is called the present because it is a gift from God. Therefore, let us further resolve to be ever mindful of the words of the Savior as recorded in Matthew 6:6-7,
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Let us be careful of having the want to keep our tents pitched in the lands of the past or to set up camp in the land of the future. Let us stay focused on the tasks before us in the days ahead as we dwell in the here and now – in the land of the present. Let us resolve to learn from our past, cherish today and thank God for any and all tomorrows that He may grant us. None of us know what tomorrow may bring, but we can know the One who holds all tomorrows in the palms of His hands. May the Lord watch over and keep each one of us as, and guide our footsteps on our journey.