Why worry? Why get anxious about future events? My philosophy is that if it’s something you can control, take care of it. If not, worrying will not change the circumstance; it will only add to your stress level.
However, that philosophy doesn’t mean I’m never anxious. My anxiety comes from the “would’ve, could’ve, should’ve” syndrome – wishing I had sent the get well card, knowing I could have asked a friend what was bothering her, or thinking I should not have butt into that conversation.
I’ve joined a group of women who are handwriting selected Bible passages. This morning’s reading of Lamentations 3:19-32 – expressing thoughts of Jeremiah in the midst of his misery – included this familiar verse (23):
“The LORD’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness.”
This morning, as I woke up earlier than I wanted to, slightly melancholy over an undefined sense of failure yesterday, I read this verse with new meaning: Since God refreshes his compassions every morning, shouldn’t we also view each morning with a similar sense of refreshing?
Yesterday is behind us. Whatever control we had over what happened yesterday is gone. Yesterday is history.
Because today is a new day, we don’t carry over any regrets or failures. Because today is a new day, we don’t remember hurts or slights – whether real or perceived. Because today is a new day, we don’t congratulate ourselves for yesterday’s successes. Today has its own opportunities to serve or to grow.
Since God Himself begins every day with a new batch of compassion for His creatures, that gives us new hope every morning. Verse 24 speaks of such hope:
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul. “Therefore I have hope in Him.”
In his letter to the Philippians (3:13-14), Paul also reminds us of our constant new beginnings:
This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.