Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"The Chalkboard"

"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."  Psalm 118:24

When I was growing up and going to school, in each classroom there was a massive chalkboard that covered an entire wall.  Sometimes when we entered the class the chalkboard was clean-- no writing and washed.  On other days, we would go in and it would be full of writing-- facts, figures, formulas, questions, etc.  Many times this was leftover from the day before.  But it made us feel heavy-hearted and upset to see it all there.  There was a feeling of "oh, no" and dread that came upon us because it was an indication of what was ahead of us..

With each new day comes a fresh new start.  There is a clean "chalkboard" before you to be written on.  You don't face it with all of yesterday's "mess" or what was left over from the day before.  This is why we can face each day with "rejoicing" instead of dread.  The Lord has wiped away the mistakes, the failures, all of yesterday and given you a fresh start this morning. 

Now, the question is not necessarily what are you going to write on it, but what are you going to allow the Lord to write on it?  Like in a classroom the teacher was the one who wrote on the chalkboard-- unless she/he called you to the front to do so.  She would write the assignments, the questions, the formulas and then you would "take it from there".  God wants to write on the "chalkboard" of your life today.  He doesn't want to write down all you mistakes, failures and shortcomings.  He wants to write His plan for you today.  He wants to write instructions for you to carry out to further His kingdom.  He wants to write His words of love, grace, mercy and forgiveness. 

God has washed yesterday from the chalkboard of your life.  He has allowed you to enter this day with a "clean slate".  What will be written on it today?  Will you continue to write your own plans and desires?  Or will you allow Him to write on it however He sees fit?  When He does, how will you respond to what He has written?  What will your answer be?  Will you answer with obedience or rebellion?  Just what will you do with it?

Have a great day.  Today is a fresh start.  Let God write His plans on it and then obey what He writes.

For further reading:
Jeremiah 29:11
Philippians 3:13

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