John Newton (who wrote Amazing Grace) once said … We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it.  But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.

How easy it is to be bogged down by the regrets of yesterday, and to be immobilized by the uncertainties of tomorrow, as we go through the day alternating between “Why did that have to happen yesterday?” and “What if I can’t handle what happens tomorrow?”

Neither your regrets nor your fears have anything to do with what really matters: the remaining hours of this day.  Each day has enough trouble of its own, Jesus said.  No point in worrying about tomorrow when today’s plate is already full … with trouble, yes, and opportunity, too … and so much potential … and most of all, mercy.

Today’s plate is full of God’s mercy.  It comes new every morning, washing out the remnants of the past, offering strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.

Decide today that you will give no weight to what’s already gone, that you will spend no emotional energy on what is yet to arrive.  Instead, invest everything you have today in today.  It makes this day a whole better, and tomorrow a whole lot brighter.

And you can say with John Newton …

The Lord has promised good to me;

His Word my hope secures.

He will my shield and portion be;

As long as life endures.

For years I kept a sign on my desk that helped me maintain the right perspective concerning yesterday.  It simply said, “Yesterday Ended Last Night.”  It reminded me that no matter how badly I might have failed in the past, it’s done, and today is a new day.  Conversely, no matter what goals I have may have accomplished or what awards I may have received, they have little direct impact on what I do today.

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 3:23)

But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)

The above is a slightly edited devotion by Steve May from his Monday Memo.  It was too good not to share!