Today is a first…for you and for me. Not one of us has ever lived this day before and it literally is the first day of the rest of our life! It is more common to hear this expression on big event type days, such as weddings, graduations, births and the like…but what would happen if we carry that perspective into each and every day that we have breath! Wouldn’t it upgrade the value of the day? Imagine the potential of the way our eyes would rejoice in the beauty of all the details of the day! Most of us understand the exhilaration of looking at life through a child’s eyes as they discover new wonders for the first time and it brings us much joy! Just think about our Heavenly Father’s delight in watching His child catch and observe all the wonders of a new day instead of just passing them by with a complacent heart and mind.
“This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Ponder the new starts and fresh slate beginnings that unlock the possibilities available to us all because of God’s mercies that are new each day!
“The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
I know a few beloved friends who have suffered great loss of a spouse or child and I am bearing witness to the suffering, hardship and pain of every “first” of that first year of the grievous loss, as I walk alongside them as a friend. I venture to think that even the seconds and subsequent others will hurt too, but maybe those firsts sting the longest? I don’t really know. That first has not yet been appointed to any of my days yet.
Nevertheless, my family, and perhaps yours as well, has been experiencing many other kinds of firsts lately. Some we expected and planned for; others surprised us. Some we are elated about and others we are mortified over. We have cried tears over many of them, because let’s face it…firsts are an emotional experience. Tears of joy, tears of laughter, tears of heartache, tears of pain, tears of gratitude and tears of astonishment. But when all is said and done, let us not forget our First Love, Jesus Christ, Who first loved us and was given us as the first fruit. Every day we get to choose who and what we put first.
“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Let us set out to intentionally grasp hold of some firsts every day! God is in the business of making all things new and He is creative, so I would venture to guess that there are multiple first opportunities for us all to reach for. Resist the fear and let God out of the box. Ask Him if He would show you or lead you to a first every day. Trust Him to enable you to be equipped or empowered through Him to handle it, whether it be small and simple from the basic foundation of ordinary (nonetheless, a first for you) or an awesome, amazing wonder that renders you speechless, or a form of trial and suffering that He would allow only for the purpose of growing and strengthening toward His purpose and plan for you, or just a basic change in your faith walk that He helps you through. End the day with gratitude for the opportunity to experience the new of each day, consider singing a new song of praise of Him! Rest up and start fresh again tomorrow! It’s a first.
In Christ’s embrace,