First Friday Prayers: A New Year

For the past five or six years, I have kicked off my first exercise class of the year by reading a meditation.  Even though it’s not a scripture, I wanted to share it as part of our First Friday Prayers.  (I’ll still share God’s Word too.)  Here is the meditation:

“This is the beginning of a new day.  I have been give this day to use as I will.  I can waste it, or can use it for good.  What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.  When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something I have traded for it.  I want it to be gain, not loss; good, not evil; success, not failure; in order that  shall not regret the price I paid for it.”

I wish I could give credit to the author, but I have no idea where it came from.

Applying This to a New Year

As you can see, these encouragements were written for a new day.  But I find them appropriate and motivating for a New Year as well.  Until coming across these words, I can’t say I had ever thought of my time as a commodity.  Not in this sense.  Sure I’ve used the phrase, “spend my time”.  That’s pretty common.  But I honestly never saw my time as something that costs me.  We trade one thing (or even many) for the thing we choose to occupy our time.  And then that time is gone.  Time is not a renewable resource.  God gives us a limited amount here on this earth.  I think I’ll stop trying to elaborate on the meditation because I can’t say it any better.

Here’s what I know as a believer in Jesus Christ.  We have a finite number of days in this world.  But we get eternity in heaven. If we are following hard after Jesus, we need to spend our time on things that matter for that eternity.  The ideas in the meditation are stated in scripture as follows:

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 

Ephesians 5:15-17 NIV

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Lauren Sparks is a wife and mom of 2 daughters – one with special needs – and one bonus son. She lives, worships Jesus, and teaches yoga in Dallas, TX area. She is a contributing author on 3 devotional books, she shares her adventures, victories, and flub-ups from her laptop at

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