C.S. Lewis once said, “Relying on God has to begin over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” Every morning is a fresh start; invites everyone to renew themselves, to begin again. Each day, the world shows us a new face. The sky does not look like it did yesterday. Yesterday morning the sky was blue, and the sunrise was colorful; today, the sky was filled with clouds, and the sunrise was lost in never-ending gray. A week ago, there was a red sky, and the sun rose like a burning bush. On another day it was rainy and the sky spread a colorful rainbow. Look at the birds or hear them, happily singing, joyfully flying. Even the pets in our homes seem to have a new spirit every day. But for us humans, how does it look? Catherine Pulsifer says, “Every day is a chance to begin again,” If a person fails to begin a fresh day, it means that he is going to have another day burdened with past knowledge and difficulties – not able to overcome anything, achieve anything. Life then becomes routine, monotonous, a living rut. To counter this, Meister Eckhart says, “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” Only such willingness can lead the day to make a mark from the darkness. It is very easy for everyone to press the snooze button. If we do this, when will the day dawn? Because it is …
New Every Morning
Every day is a fresh beginning,
Listen my soul to the glad refrain,
And, spite old sorrows,
And older sinning,
And possible pain,
Take heart with the day and begin again.
Yes! Take heart with the day and begin again. These are the words of Susan Coolidge; the poem is comforting, forgiving, and hopeful. It starts off with the simple truth that every day is a new beginning, a fresh start, (another opportunity to put on Christ) with new possibilities and experiences. Every day is a new opportunity to grow and experience life. So, please “take heart with the day and begin again.” Like the sky, sun and moon, our life is also fresh in the morning. What stops us from beginning again, to start all over, to breath the new spirit? Is it our anxiety, anger, depression, confusion, or any sort of yesterday’s problems? If the answer is “yes”, then we have forgotten to practice what St. Paul taught and failed to listen to St. Peter. St. Paul reminds of what we can do. He writes, “Let the sunset not find you still angry and do not give the devil a chance” (Eph 4:26-27). Do we go to bed with anger inside of us? If so, is it possible to sleep well? Do we have frightening dreams? Why? St. Peter warns us, “Keep alert, like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8). So, he is there, the devil who seeks to make sure that we don’t begin well. It may be a new morning but not a fresh morning with a new spirit; the sunrise may be bright, but my heart is numb, the mind is disoriented, and the body is sleepy, drowsy. So, what to do?
St. Francis De Sales says, “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day begins the task anew; be who you are and be that well.” Never forget this – that you can only be yourself and not someone else.
Every morning is the world made new.
You who are weary of sorrow and sinning
Here is a beautiful hope for you,
A hope for me and a hope for you.
Today is a new day, new blessings
Newness is on your way to the new “YOU”
Yes! Today is not another day on your calendar; it is a new opportunity, a new chance, a new challenge, a new beginning; newness everywhere. We need to stand erect and embrace it. Become the reason for someone’s smile today. Dwight Howard said “Today is a new day. Even if you were wrong yesterday, you can get it right today.” Begin again, breathe fresh air, fill your hearts and minds with newness. Someone once said that if the sun comes up and I can see it I have a chance to become victorious. You may have stumbled and struggled yesterday – but not today. Today you are going to make someone’s life brighter. Making someone smile is part of our mission in life. Jesus did, the Apostles did, and all the Saints did – open your day imitating them and you can do it.