One question we need to be willing to ask ourselves, “What am I going to do with the blessing of a new day?” Why do we want that new day? Is it for us to have a chance to redo the things we came up short on? Will we use it to be more selfish and self-centered? Will we seek out new ways to live for others and do God’s will? People often say they wish they could do this or that over. If I had the chance to go to college I would take it this time. I would know to eat better and spend less. If I just had another chance I would have married that girl, or wouldn’t have walked away from that marriage. A better question would be, “What good would God have me do, how could I be more like Christ to my neighbor?” Would we really use that time in a better way, or would we end up making the same ol’ mistakes we made the first time through?
Well, when you woke up today God gave you a new day. It may not be that perfect day as eternity begins that John saw, but it is another opportunity to live for God and let Christ live through you. Paul tells us that we need to redeem the time. Each day is not owed to me, it is a gift given to me by God’s grace. How am I going to redeem it? Will I waste it on seeking my own desires? Will this day just be one more in a long list of days I end up regretting? Or will this be the new day I’ve been looking for when I truly begin to let Christ have his way in me?