Living on the thin ice of a new day |

Living on the thin ice of a new day

Gary Wingo

Tuesday morning, God gave me an amazing gift – as we drove into Vail, splashed before us, huge brushstrokes of sun rays painted the sky. It was a glorious sunrise! The colors were numerous – blues, gold, yellow, pink – piercing rays beamed down through the sparse cloud cover, shouting to the world the beauty of God’s creation! My heart was touched deeply and the message was clear. In the middle of another new day, facing the ‘thin ice’ we often skate on here in the Vail Valley, God was attempting to tell us in no uncertain terms, “I AM here!” Each day is a gift from the Lord. Each day is fresh and new. As a matter of fact, the Bible tells us, “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, O Lord,” (Lamentations 2:22-23).Life is a funny thing, isn’t it? We struggle to survive, to do the right thing, and to be successful. Just when we think we’ve made it, something crazy happens, and the stress kicks in. Look around you. In our area, there’s lots of wealth, yet people still have the same relational struggles, the same worries and the same emptiness. The tyranny of success plagues us, and we end up taking our burdens to bed each night and then wake up to a new day bringing all the past into the present. And all the while, God is trying his best to tell us, “There is another way – each morning is a new day with new opportunities.”Let me do my best to encourage you because I don’t want you to miss out on the greatest thing in life! Too often, we relegate God to the so-called “spiritual world.” How many times have we heard someone say, “Oh yes, I’m a very spiritual person.” Well good, but what does that mean? The truth is that if we can’t allow the spiritual to influence the practical, what good is it? Let me make some suggestions as to how we might mesh the true spirituality of God into our everyday lives:- Take a look at these mountains. Enjoy their breathtaking beauty and realize God created them for you.- Get up and watch the majesty of a new sunrise and realize God is telling you how much you are loved. – Take a hard look at a newborn and see the delicate workings of God himself! – Be willing to let go of your own plans and embrace God’s purpose for your life. We think we are masters of our own destiny, but no matter how hard you try to believe a lie, it’s never true. – Embrace the gift of knowing God and allow him to be the true master of our lives.- Let God’s practical compassions permeate all the circumstances of life. – Start with this prayer: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant a willing spirit to sustain me,” (Psalm 51:10-12).God’s love for you is present, real, and life sustaining. His truth is clear and strong – full of guidance and wisdom for all of us. And one thing in this life is certain: God’s Son, Jesus Christ. “At the right time, when we were powerless, Christ died for you and me. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person; but God demonstrates his love for us in this – while we were sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:6-8).Yes, we live in the “Valley of Paradox,” but Jesus Christ IS the one thing that will help you live a full and joyous life like you can’t imagine! The sun will come out tomorrow, and it will be a brand new day, full of opportunities each designed just for you by the one who loves you and died for you – Jesus Christ. The choice is yours to make – slip slide on that thin ice of a new day or skate your way to the adventure of an eternity? Which will it be?Gary Wingo is pastor of Seekers Fellowship, a gathering of people meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sundays at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards.Vail, Colorado

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