Discover a flower's inspiring life lesson in this preview of Daily Guideposts 2018.
The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. . . . —Lamentations 3:22‒23 (NAS)
Hibiscus is my favorite flower. In the Philippines, where I spent my childhood, these plants grow to be tall shrubs and even small trees. Hardy green hibiscus produce large trumpet-shaped flowers that vary in color from white to pink, red, orange, peach, yellow, or purple. My wife, Beth, and I now raise potted hibiscus plants on our porch in Georgia.
A unique trait of hibiscus flowers is that they live for only one day. At the end of the day the flowers wilt, drop off the plant, and are replaced by a whole new crop of blooms. Each morning, as I walk out our front door, I pause to look at each fresh bloom that has emerged overnight. I greet them all with “Good morning!” and welcome them into their new world.
Recently, I reflected on how God expects the same of me. Each day is a new gift. The good that I might have done yesterday needs to be recreated today. I cannot be content with yesterday’s achievements or tomorrow’s hopes. Today is the one day I have to live, and I must live it with purpose and creativity. I need to tell someone that I love her. I must set out on a new endeavor to help someone, encourage my students, give a fresh compliment, utter a special pray er for my neighbor, and teach an old thought in a different and compelling way. With each sunrise, the world awakens anew and I have the privilege of stepping into a morning filled with promise.
Father, help me to live today as if it were my first day of life and my last day of opportunity. Amen.
Digging Deeper: Matthew 6:25‒34; John 15:1‒11
Daily Guideposts 2018 offers a Scripture verse to bless each day of the year, accompanied by an inspiring story that shares the ways God speaks to us through ordinary events in life, and an original prayer to acknowledge God's greatness and ask for His blessing. For a deeper biblical connection, you will find further reflection in the 'Digging Deeper' feature.