Remember the first day of school when you were little? New crayons, new pencils with sharp points, a new notebook with nothing written in it, maybe even some clothes you'd never worn before. Then as you get older, that first day of school means there are no grades in the teacher's book yet, no absences, no tardies - it's a nice feeling. Actually, you can have, in a sense, a lifetime of those first days!

Well, I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You about "Every Day's The First Day."

Our word for today comes from Lamentations 3, where we catch the great prophet Jeremiah on an emotional downer. It's Lamentations 3:19-22, "I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me." Now Jeremiah's remembering yesterdays with a lot of garbage and failure in them. "Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: (there's a change of mood here, huh?) 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." I love those words - "His every morning."

Now, what's so positive about that first day of school is that it's a brand new beginning - no marks on your record, a lot of opportunities that are untouched so far - a fresh start. But when God is your Father, every day is supposed to be like that - a new beginning. And that's the way you were meant to live, waking up each morning and saying, "This is the day the Lord has made." Not the weather, not your medical condition, not your finances, not your boss. "This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it." Yesterday's over, and it can't be changed. Tomorrow's not here yet, so there's no point trying to live tomorrow's challenges today.

God has made this wonderful promise in Deuteronomy 33:25 - "Your strength will equal your days." Now, you will never have a day for which God will not provide matching strength. If you're facing a 50-pound day, God will give you 50-pound strength. If tomorrow is going to be a 100-pound day, He'll make sure you have 100 pounds of strength. But if you try to worry about tomorrow with today's strength, you'll sink. God's emotional, spiritual, and physical resources are measured out in 24-hour injections. So don't try to handle more than today with today's strength.

Now if you will sincerely confess the sins of yesterday to the Lord, you can start this new day with no marks on your record - with a fresh start because you invite Christ to be the Lord of that part of you where you have failed in the past. You can wake up looking for a new mission for this day - new matchups between you and people God wants you to influence. And there'll be new resources for this new day, like those new crayons and unused pencils of the first day of school. It's what Jesus called "our daily bread."

Maybe you've been overwhelmed lately because you've forgotten the "dailyness" that you were created to live in. You've been letting too much of yesterday and tomorrow become part of yourtoday. We have this tendency to deal with this huge blob called "my life." Why don't you try just dealing with "my day" instead of "my life."

When you wake up in the morning, remember that this 24 hours is a unique gift from God. There's never been a day like it before, there never will be another day just like it again. Every day is that first day of school - clean paper, new crayons, sharp pencils, no marks. Let God make each new day a fresh new beginning!



Ron Hutchcraft Ministries
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Harrison, AR 72602-0400

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