New Every Morning
Lamentations 3:22–23 (NIV): “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Thank you for that, Benjamin Franklin. You have immortalized that phrase, though you did steal it from Daniel Defoe and Christopher Bullock.
Throughout these past three centuries, we have repeated that phrase for all occasions, showing the futility of planning, showing that the unexpected will happen, and showing that we should not get our hopes up.
But, I have to admit, even wise Ben Franklin was wrong. There are a few things that are more certain than death and taxes….No, I am not referring to the certainty of rain whenever we go camping.
Every morning the sun will rise. No matter how crazy life is—no matter how hopeless life seems—no matter how fearful the future threatens—the sun will rise in the morning.
This is a promise.
This is a certainty.
This is a sign.
You see, as the sun rises in the east, so God’s compassions, or His mercies, are new every morning.
“Yesterday was hard,” you might say, “I don’t know how I can live today.”
Yesterday is in the past. Today, is a new day. God is standing with His hand stretched to you saying: “Let Me walk through today with you. Let Me give you the strength you need for today.”
Jesus died that we might have a relationship Him. Once we enter that relationship, we have all the benefits of having a personal relationship with the Creator of the Universe. Those blessings include hope and strength from Him to live another day.
Faithful, Not Perfect
Sunday was Mother's Day. After the sermon, two ladies approached me and asked if I had seen the new decor in the Ladies' Restroom. I hadn't. They said that I should look.
Now, you might think this was an odd comment, because I am a guy. But, there is a new sign in the Ladies' Restroom that is my sermon in a nutshell: "Live by Grace, Not Perfection."
God is cool. He ties everything together, even when we are not trying to.
Motherhood is hard. There is a temptation to be perfect. No one can be perfect. Instead, all are called to be faithful.
Here are some articles that could provide some encouragement or practical ideas (I hope), as you continue to be faithful moms.
"The Pressure to Be Perfect"--Published by HuffPost UK Life--Medium length, truthful--This is not a Christian article. However, the author gives convincing reasons to the pressure of perfection in our Western culture. Hopefully, this provide ammunition to fight the pressure of perfection.
"I Am Not a Perfect Mother"--Published by HuffPost Life--Short, truthful--Again, this is not a Christian article. However, the author is transparent about her own struggle with perfection and about her desire to be faithful.
"5 Tips for Being a Faithful (and Not Just Busy) Mom--Published by Crossway--Short, Christian--The author gives a big-picture idea of faithfulness, applicable to all situations.
"7 Small Ways a Faithful Mother Can Make a Big Difference"--Published by The Better Mom--Short, Christian, Practical--This is a great article of practical ways a mom can be faithful in her daily life.
"I am Not the Perfect Mom But I am the Mom God Knew My Kids Would Need (and That Is Enough)"--Published by Beautifully Rooted--Long, Christian, Must-read--The author is amazingly transparent about the difficulties of motherhood but truthfully explains God's expectations of mothers from Scripture.
Pastor of Calvary Bible Church, Neligh, NE. Missionary with RHMA. Husband to Maggie. Father to Grace, David, and Daniel. Saved by Jesus Christ