Every morning, God sends us an invitation. It is a personal invitation, although we might miss it – or that it is for us. It is routine, so we often overlook. It doesn’t come in the mail and it isn’t shipped in a box. It is the most significant invitation we will ever receive. It is more grand and magnificent than anything paper could hold or print could contain. Our invitation is a sunrise.
Each day has a fresh start with a sunrise. I think of it as God putting his most beautiful painting on display to invite us to this new day. He is clothing the earth with sun and color and light so that we can move forward in our day. He is giving us an invite to begin again. Yesterday is complete. Tomorrow is not yet to come. We are given this sunrise, this day, this new beginning.
Life doesn’t always go as we would want it. It doesn’t always turn out great. We struggle and suffer and can find we are beat down. But there is always a fresh start, a new day, a new beginning. We are not slaves to our past. We have a future waiting ahead. God gives us an invitation to this future. What will we do with it?
In the focus scripture for today, we are reminded how we are God’s beloved. We are his children, loved and adored by him. He clothes the earth with sunrises and beautiful landscapes. We are to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, meekness and patience. Just like the world needs each new start, each beautiful sunrise – the world also needs compassion, kindness, meekness and patience. As God’s beloved, we have the opportunity to shine for him by putting these on – wearing them with his love. What are we putting on today? God’s canvas is painted – don’t miss it. It is a chance to make a difference.
12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
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