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New Year's Day: A new day everyday

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Today is the first day of 2014. It is the day when many of us make resolutions, and look forward to a better year than the last. Some people vow to lose weight, to exercise more, to save money, to have more fun, and many other possibilities. Instead of making one huge goal for the year, how about making a goal to meet each day? Each day is brand new and is a gift to us from God. Each year He provides us with 365 days (366 in Leap Years) to do with as we will. Each day has a new beginning for us, and offers us an abundance of opportunities.

Genesis 1: 5 says, "God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." Thus evening came, and morning followed--the first day," (New American Bible, 1987, Wichita, KS: Devore & Sons, Inc.). This is how we should look at each day--as brand new. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is still in the future. Today is what we have. It is the present moment. We need to make the most of each and every moment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson put it this way, "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." This provides a positive outlook on things. We are all human, and we tend to make mistakes. Let go of the guilt, the embarrassment, the pain of anything that may have gone wrong. It does no good by hanging onto it. Learn from any mistakes and go on. Do not fear the future. It will be a new day by then. God will provide the knowledge and understanding that is needed to deal with whatever happens at that time.

Each day brings us a new dawn. From there, it is up to us to make the best of the day.

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