How are you approaching this New Year? With fear? Dread? Uncertainty? Psalms 118:24 gives the ideal way to approach this New Year and every day of it. It says, “This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.” The Psalmist is saying that when we let every day be a God given day it will be a God governed day and will become a God gladdened day. This little verse tells us five things to do to approach the New Year properly.
See each day as a gift from God. “This is the day the Lord has made…” You have a day that God has made. It is a gift from God. Every day God gives you enough time to work, laugh, learn, love and for leisure. All of us have the same amount of time each day – 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, or 86,000 seconds.
Learn to live in the present tense. “This IS the day…” There are two days all should refuse to live in. One is yesterday and the other is tomorrow. Paul said, “To forget the things that are behind.” Forget past guilt, past grief, past grudges and past glories. Live in the now. Don’t anticipate tomorrow. So many people endure today so they can enjoy tomorrow. Enjoy today! Don’t worry about tomorrow. When you worry you don’t take the sorrow out of tomorrow, but it’s strength. God gives us grace and strength each day.
Prioritize the day. “This is the DAY…” “Redeem the time,” says Paul in Ephesians 5. To kill time is to commit suicide by degrees. To kill time is to kill self because time and life are the same thing. To use your time wisely, make a priority list of things that must be done, and do it daily,
See procrastination as a sin. The day is passing. Time can’t be stopped. You can put your money into the bank, but not time. Time can be called in a ballgame, but not in life. You use time or lose it forever.
Choose to enjoy today. “…we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy or unhappy. One husband when asked what his wife did, said that she was in the manufacturing business. When asked, “What does she manufacture?” The husband replied, “Her own unhappiness.” Choose to be happy today. Approach this New Year by saying, “This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.”