January 1


the beginning.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  Genesis 1:1 NLT

A new day.

A new month.

A new year.

So what are you going to do with it?

In the beginning, God did something good. He created something of infinite wonder and beauty. Should you not do something good with the beginning that you have stretched out before you right now?

Of course, none of us can do anything as remotely spectacular as what God did, but then, He doesn’t expect that. If you feel unsure or tentative about your ability to do anything that will have any impact, perhaps the words of the poet Edward Everett Hale will serve to reassure you:

“I am only one. But still, I am one. I cannot do everything. But still, I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do!”

God showed us His love by creating the world and all of the life that was to inhabit it. A good way for you to begin would be to return that love with a commitment to try a little harder each day to make His creation a better place. You can do this by spending a little time each day reading the Bible and asking God for help in understanding His Word and putting into practice the simple concepts repeated throughout its many inspiring pages.

None of us will ever be perfect, but we do have the ability to mirror God’s character by the way we conduct ourselves in daily life.

It is far too easy to slip into bad habits and mirror the crudeness, immorality, and inconsiderate character to which today’s society so often exposes us. But with the determination to begin something beautiful and full of meaning, it will soon be apparent that what people see when they look at you is a mirror image of God’s love, patience, kindness, and forgiveness.

You see, you cannot do everything. Only God can do that. But you can do something to take advantage of today.

Make it the beginning of something good.


Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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