Make This Last Day Count

"This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."Psalm 118:24 ESV

As most of us are gearing up for a new year with hopes of something "better" than the one we are leaving behind, let's not forgot to make this last day of 2012 count. I'm not talking about your commitment to "begin tomorrow" a new discipline. That's fine. Start that tomorrow. But I fear many of us look at this last day of 2012 as a throw-away. It isn't good for anything serious or beneficial. We just want to get through it and make it to the party tonight. It's like we have convinced ourselves that everything good waits for us with the turning of a calendar page. So until that happens, today doesn't count for much.

But a better perspective says, "This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24 ESV) God has given you this last day of the "old year" to seek him in prayer, worship him in private, and meditate on his word; to enjoy him and his good gifts; to love your wife (or husband), and bless your children; to love your neighbors and show hospitality toward outsiders; to bear witness to our Savior Jesus in your vocation, family, and New Year's celebration. Yes, today counts because it is God's gift to you.

Today is yours by the grace of God, and I hope it isn't lost on you that it may be your last. As well-intentioned as your hopes and plans for 2013 are, you might not live long enough to see the ball drop. Look ahead eagerly to what God may do next year, but don't miss what he is doing today, this last day of the old year. This is the day God has made for you and me. Let's not waste it.

[photo by Chester Higgens Jr., 1978]