Monday, May 11, 2009

Hope for the day

Ever feel like you've blown it? Like you're perpetually failing or stuck in a cycle of monotonous meaninglessness? Like you're going to bed and dread the morning b/c you know that tomorrow will be the same as today and nothing new will grace your experience? Then check this out:
"22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23

New hope awakens with each day. God's compassions, his mercies, are new each and every morning. As Romans 2:4 says, it's God's kindness that leads to repentance.

Chances are, whatever your facing is your fault. Whether it's some sin you have committed or you're stuck in a cycle of meaningless monotony b/c you're not walking by faith (which, by the way, is sin), remember that it's not your faithfulness that gave you hope in the first place. It's God's. And no matter how we fail, God's mercies (plural) are new each morning. His kindnesses. His gentle leading encouraging (NOT rebuking) you toward repentance.

So when does the cycle end? When you give up, realize that Life is a gift, and let the gratitude of what God has done through Jesus motivate you toward obedience as an act of worship.

This is the refrain of a song I wrote awhile back. Let these words speak Truth:
Every morning is a new beginning
Opportunity is dawning
Possibility is calling

Praise for this morning
And all that gives it meaning
Its newness is redeeming
And I have been redeemed



j said...

I'm so glad God led you and Erica to Macomb. Your talent for words and conveying truth is inspiring, appreciated and encouraging (this applies to both of you). You two are a blessing...thanks for sharing your heart and your lives with us.

Amber said...

love this one, have read it three times now.