Choose This Day How You Wake Up to 2021
How do you wake up? Does what happened yesterday affect your mood and outlook for today? How will you wake up in 2021? Will the hardest year most of us have ever had affect how you meet the new year?
Like a father who loves his children by disciplining them, so is our great and mighty God who is our everlasting Father. He has used 2020 to discipline us.
The lamenter of old wrote in a time much like 2020, the year of COVID. The book of Lamentations tells us the cities were abandoned and businesses closed. Death was all around. The people were sent away into captivity. He declares to us the judgement that God had brought on a people, a nation, for their wicked deeds.
Then, he bursts out with this great hope: “This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’”
Friends, I can confidently say for those of us in Christ, our very best days are ahead of us. This is not to ignore the past, but to be inspired and corrected by it.
Choose This Day
If the best is yet to come, you have to make an active decision to live in the Mercies of Today. Not in the trials and sufferings of yesterday. But in His Mercies that are new each day. Everyone entering 2021 will have to make this choice. No one can make it for them.
I find people who have dealt with lots of adversity in their life, have a unique ability to move on — leaving the past in the past. That does not mean they forget or ignore what happened. They just won’t allow what happened to hold hostage what can happen.
So let’s embrace today with great hope and great joy. Let us choose today to arise with new passion and new vision for the Life God has given us.
Let’s refuse to allow yesterday to hold today hostage — not allowing what has been to prevent what will be. Repentance is the act of turning away from something — shutting the door on it.
As a nation and individually, let’s repent of the past and press on towards the mark of this high calling in Christ. Let’s be that light set on a hill — shining bright as the city of refuge for all those who still live in the darkness of 2020.
John Yeatts is the Campus Pastor of LIFE Outreach International and the National Coordinator of Churches for LIFE. He has served in full time ministry for 30 years, 15 of those years in the role of a pastor to the local church. He is a husband of 29 years and father of three children. John and his family recently planted TEXOMA Bible Fellowship in Whitesboro, Texas.