The other morning, I announced to my daughter that I wanted to take her picture. I wanted to take the picture because it was her second first day of fourth grade. No, she was not held back, but it seemed like a second first day. She, and the rest of the students in our county had a unexpected vacation. They had started school, and they had been in class for a week and two days. Then the earthquake came. Due to the damage, schools were closed. Some schools were not able to re-open this year. Some schools may never re-open.
However, they are all getting a chance at a second first day. While we may not have a chance at a second first day of a particular job or grade in school, we do serve a God who gives us the opportunity to have a new first days. Every day is a new day. Every day we are becoming new creations in Christ. We are not limited by who we were yesterday. We are not limited by our situation in life, by our family of origin, our mistakes, or anything else. We have a new first day.
- To enjoy this new first day, put the other days behind you. Confess your sin, let go of the shame and guilt, and claim your forgiveness. God forgives us when we seek forgiveness. It is up to us to allow ourselves to be forgiven. Let go of the shame of yesterday for today is a new first day.
- Start the day with God, learning God’s lessons, hearing God’s voice, and asking for God’s guidance. As you and God begin the day together, together you can decide who you will be on this first day.
- Continue the day with God. Be the person God wants you to be rather than the person it is easiest to be. Know that you are loved. Know that you are created in God’s image. Honor God.
May God bless and keep you on your next first day.