By now I am old enough to say I have seen a few of these, but January 1 is by far and away one of the greatest days of the year.
It’s optimistic by design. We have not screwed it up too bad and nobody is particularly mad at us yet. Maybe we have not gone back to work so we are still in the Christmas/NYE afterglow. The reasons do not particularly matter – the fact is it’s Day One.
Day Ones kickstart us. We can let go of what held us back, slowed us down, or kept us from starting altogether, and we can now embrace the new future we are being called to explore. Day One is a new day and we all need it.
Maybe this is why the Bible so frequently emphasizes new. In Ephesians, the Apostle Paul hits this all over the Bible theme when he writes –
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness – Ephesians 3: 22-24
When we move into a Day One we see our best self, God’s best for us, and we hone in on what certain words really mean – true, righteous, holy. Day One restores these words and allows us to recenter and grow.
The truth is the opportunity to do this is always available. We do not need a calendar to tell us when we can make a fresh go, but the truth of human experience may be that we do. A first day, a new year, are built in chances for us to make the new start we most need.
It’s funny, I work with highly missional people devoted to Kingdom work. The only way orphans get loved, medical missions get built, or kids in some of the worst poverty on the planet learn is by the sheer power of God and the faith of God’s people. Yet, even in these faithful organizations there is doubt.
How will we be able to care for more kids?
Where are the resources to make learning available?
In the face of evil poverty and neglect, what can be done?
Even the most faithful need the chance a new start offers.
If it helps you, come along with us in 2016. Like rocktheword on Facebook, follow us Twitter, subscribe to our blog from our home page, say a prayer for our ministry, but we intend to step into 2016 and make it Day One for you, us, and those we help.
First 2016 Day One success story: We helped University United Methodist in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with a little advice on fundraising. Results? Double-digit budget growth for the new year and $130K raised for much-needed renovations. Cost to the church – zero.
It’s Day One.
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