I’m sorry, but you’ve grown. A new size each day.
This is a story about shrinking back and why, oh why, it does not and cannot work for you or anyone else.
I often wondered how some wake up into each day and groan about it already being the same as the day before when they haven’t even lived in this new and fresh day yet. Like really??? Can you see to the end of your day and rate it the same before you have experienced it? No. No matter how “psychic” you may be, each day is different in our living whether we want to give that difference credit or not. Here are just a few ways in which, even though you may think each day is the same, that it really isn’t the same as any other day you have lived yet.
- The date is different. Yes, as simple as it is, this day has never been fully experienced by YOU on this day in this way, ever! You have never been the age you are, in the situations you are in or will be in with your current level of perspective in this day ever. It’s all new! How you chose to “habitualize” what you do and what you notice in and of this day is up to you, but you don’t have to. You can always choose to look for something different and new in each day, starting with yourself.
- You have lived through to this very moment and persevered to see another day. That simple persistence to be present in a new time/space/place, called Today, makes you an overcomer, a victor, a hero within your own life, journey, and story….having forged the path, no matter how it was walked (or crawled)into your future and you have made it! HURRAY! This one was huge for me after experiencing an NDE (near death experience) with a very rough recovery, every morning I woke up I nearly gasped in that first waking breath and thanked God heartily for a new day to be present in. It’s now more of an agreeable nod and silent prayer of gratitude each morning before I get out of bed, but I allow that fresh waking breath in a new day to bless me and fill me as I connect with insight and gratitude.
- You have physically grown overnight. YUP! Your body gets to work each and every night building you up, repairing tissues and balancing out your system. The cells within you are multiplying and growing, clearing out unwanted or waste particles, and actually growing you into a different human being physically each time to sleep. Literally, you produce growth hormone at this time….that’s says it all.
Now with a few examples under your belt, it’s a subtle way of saying that trying to shrink back into who you were or what you used to do or eat or even think that you used to be…it simply doesn’t work. Even if you were to think about yourself as the growing child you once were…we’ll say from the age of 5, you know as an adult, that you could not possibly fit back into the clothes you wore at the age of 5. It reminds me of a verse I read “….who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before. “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.” “ We ARE like new wine. Each day layers in new experiences that we may not give credit for…each day our body systems run a bit differently depending on our activity and what supports were given in the way of nutrients and environment. What we are exposed to each day goes beyond our simple level of biases and perception. The filters we choose to see our lives through may be limited, but it doesn’t change the events that our bodies had to go through in “creating” a similar “experience” to the day before and possibly not allowing or resisting change, which is always present and always happening, to be noticed around us. We CHANGE each and everyday….and that change, no matter how big or small, is growth. Even our resistance to growth and change ultimately grows us (similar to weight training). No matter if it is “negative” and not serving us or if it is “positive” and expansive (“negative” is a perception and can also cause us to grow in a good way), we are NOT the same as the day before….and unfortunately, we cannot pick up that same, worn outfit and have it fit in the same way. Sorry, it no longer “fits” and no matter how much we try to retrace and re-enact the same behaviours so that the day “matches”, we will not fit into our “5-year-old clothing”….we have simply grown beyond yesterday. And we do it each and every day. You will just be a “bigger” version of yourself trying to sing the same song, but it will just be louder than the day before.
So why not sing out a louder and louder song of who you are in this world each day with intention? One that tells of you being and showing up in today, ready to put your “newness” to work. One that mourns the lost of your “yesterday skin”, but has realized your new garments fit perfectly, for Today, and not give effort or attention to “shrinking back”, but instead seeks to observe the ways in which you are growing more and more through faith and perseverance. We can flow with the possibilities joys and experiences of a new day with newness or we can struggle to put our legs back into “too tight” pants (LOL I’ve been there before). With adding to our faithful journeys goodness, excellence, honour, and love, tomorrow’s “suit” will be a wonder to see.
“But our way is not that of those who draw back to eternal misery (perdition) and are utterly destroyed, but we are of those who believe [who cleave to and trust in and rely on God through Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by faith preserve the soul.” — Hebrews 10:39 (AMPC)
“ For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2Peter 1:5–8 (NIV)
“ And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me — everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8–9 (NLT)