Somehow it seems we always get trapped in the Monday’s of life.
The 1st days of the month.
Or the New Year.
We think those are our designated “start lines” and if we had a false start then we must wait a whole week, month or until next year to begin again.
God says “His mercies are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:23)
But have you read the verse right before that one?
It says “Because of His great love we are NOT consumed for his compassions never fail” (Lamentations 3:22)
Consumed by what…you ask?
Consumed by whatever is weighing you down!!
Obsessive thoughts about food?
Self defeating thoughts that you will never overcome this.
Fear that you will gain back all you have lost.
Worry that you will give into your cravings and eat the wrong thing.
Dread that when you start eating, you won’t be able to stop
Anxiety that your efforts will be for nothing come tomorrow when your willpower runs out once again.
God’s mercies are new every morning
But that’s not all
His compassion for you never fails and that means mercy is waiting for you now…not just in the morning.
Not just on Monday
Or the start of a New Year
I used to believe if I had failed and gone off track with my eating that all was lost. I had to wait until Monday to start again. I would give myself permission to just eat whatever I wanted to in the meantime believing I had already screwed up beyond repair.
Don’t believe this lie. We don’t need Monday for a fresh start
What matters is not the day of the week
What matters is WHO gave you another day!!
Every second is a fresh start
Yes even in the middle of a bag of Doritos, you can start again
We are the ones making up these rules that say “Monday” or “January 1st”
We are the ones refusing to give ourselves a fresh start
But He is the one who says
Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Maybe your mountain today is a box of Krispy Kreme placed in the office lounge
Maybe your mountain is the Dorito bag you opened yesterday and now is calling your name
Maybe your mountain is just simply your broken spirit who sees no hope in trying again
God has not removed His love, His power, or His peace from your life
And He will never remove His compassion from you either
There are days I must start fresh 20 times in a row
There are times I eat the wrong thing, put it down, pick it up, and put it down again
I quit and restart so many times in a day I wonder if God can keep track
But then I remember
He’s NOT keeping track
He’s not listing some record of all my mistakes
He’s not judging me by some gradebook of my performance
Instead He honors my efforts
And when I go to Him each morning
He turns my focus to His Heart to remind me
“Though the day may be long and your flesh may fail….I am here with you each time you fall. And I will be by your side through it all”
Today is Tuesday. But it doesn’t matter. You can start fresh whenever you choose.
His mercies are new every morning
If it were not true, I would not be here today