Day One or Next Day?

Happy New Year, everyone! I, for one, am glad to see 2018 arrive. I love New Years. It signals a fresh start… new potential and possibilities… and sometimes the opportunity to try again.

Of course, not everyone views it this way. Some people see January 1st as just the next day in their lives. They view it as nothing special.

I knew a really great older man who would come by our office regularly. He was in terrific physical condition, and when he would be there after having a birthday, I would jokingly ask him if he felt a year older. He would get that sly grin on his face and reply, “I’m not a year older… just a one day older.” I always got a kick out of it. But the truth is that some people apply that to their lives quite seriously.

It’s truly up to us to decide whether this will be “Day One”… the start of something new… a new season… a new opportunity… the chance to begin again… or if this will just be the next day in a long line of days that are all the same. I believe God gives us days like January 1st as “hard reset” moments in our lives… days when we choose to clear “the cache” of our past that is bogging us down to make room for the good things about to be brought into our lives.

Choose today to forgive and let by-gones be by-gones. Choose today that you will set realistic goals to achieve that lifelong dream by a certain date this year. Choose to live with a new, great, upbeat, positive attitude every day. Choose to give this year to God, and make this “Day One” of what promises to be what could possibly be the best year of your life. If you’ll choose to live life this way instead of just the next day of what you consider to be a life of drudgery, you’ll find that God will honor that decision and come alongside you in this fresh start.

Welcome to Day One! It’s going to be a fantastic year! Now let’s do this…


Author: Allen Chapin

- Christian, husband, dad, friend, leader, author and speaker - Life Purpose = Love & Encourage, Offering Grace & Hope - Life Motto = Living for the applause of nail-scarred hands - Life Verse = Matthew 25:21

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