I am one of those people that likes to have all my ducks in a row. If I want to change a habit, it generally makes sense to start on Monday. I like new seasons. I like the first day of the month, the first day of school, the first day of a new year. There’s something incredible and refreshing about the first day, the beginning. I like it so much.
I think sometimes I get caught up in the notion that a new “season” or a fresh start depends entirely on the calendar. Why do we do that? Maybe it’s cleaner. Maybe that’s why “New Year’s Resolutions” are so popular hey? I love the verse in Lamentations, though, that inspires me that God can ultimately give us a fresh start or a newness anyday, any time.
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning: great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
I love that verse. It inspires me so much to choose these promises over the way of the world – the calendar that we sometimes find ourselves bound to.
So last night, I found myself looking around my house, and it was quite messy. Messy for me anyway since I am quite the neat freak. That afternoon I had been helping in the warehouse on the floors. We are refinishing them, and I was putting acid on them with a paint roller to get the last bits of paint, concrete, etc. off. Despite the wonderful attempts of my face mask, the fumes got to me, and that afternoon, I was feeling a bit nauseous. I went to lay down, and as I rested that evening, watching Parenthood (love that show), the house accumulated piles of clothes, dishes, papers, notebooks. Around 9pm, inspiration hit. I felt better, more energy, and as I got ready for bed, I went through the house and tidied things up. When I went to lay in bed, I decided I wouldn’t close off my evening on my computer or phone like normal – I journaled and read. I went to bed, hoping to wake up early and work out, although that doesn’t even seem to happen ever! All that to say, I woke up this morning refreshed. The house was clean. New habits have formed, and they started at 9pm on a Thursday night. Not at 8am, August 1.
Habits. Starting over. Discipline. It’s all in the choosing. Making choices – not waiting for choices (or calendar dates) to make you. I want to live outside of the boundaries of the world and in the freedom of God and his mercies. I am so thankful for that privilege!