Nearly every morning this little Carolina Wren sits atop the feeder pole, her perky little tail cocked up as she surveys her domain. While she is a small bird, her great big voice belies her petite body, and her song is unmistakable as she greets the morning. She strikes me as being bold and confident and joyful as a new day begins. She inspires me!
How do I greet each new day? Altogether too often, I have allowed the past to influence today. Yesterday’s screw-ups, missed opportunities from days gone by, consequences of poor choices made years ago…all these can hijack my day almost before it begins!
And then there’s the future. What lies ahead? Will I be able to provide for myself for the rest of my days? Will I remain healthy, or will I develop Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia like my grandmother and my mother before me? Will I get to the place where I can no longer care for myself? Will I be a burden to my kids? Anxiety about the future is just as detrimental as regret over the past when it comes to the fresh start today offers .
Today is a new day! God has new things for me today–new experiences, new insights–that won’t fit into an old me. (I’m reminded of Jesus’ words in the second chapter of Mark’s gospel about putting new wine in new wineskins.) Each new day brings the same opportunity to start fresh, to be ready to grow and expand with whatever comes! Regret over the past and anxiety about the future simply shrink me to the point where there is no room to receive the newness of today.
How are you today? Are you ready for a fresh start? You, too, can learn from my little wren friend, lifting your head to sing a bold, confident song to greet the morning. It’s a new day… Sing!
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today”… -Hebrews 3:13