The New Year always signals a new beginning in our lives, the lives of neighbors and the lives of friends. After the ball drops, we collectively gather ourselves back together and look forward to what’s ahead. Many resolve to improve upon the previous year, vowing to discipline one’s self for this thing or that. While resolutions are all well and good, I wonder if our future-directed nostalgia can fly off the rails this time of year. Let me explain.
First, if we become defined by our past, we risk becoming enslaved to our failures. Driven by regret, we can allow our past to define our future. Resolve this year to trust God’s forgiveness.
Second, if we impatiently live only for tomorrow, we risk never being faithful in the present. Those who always look past what God has entrusted to them today will never enjoy even that which He provides tomorrow. Resolve this year to rest in God’s current provision.
For those of us in Christ, God is in control of our past, present and future. It ought to both motivate us and give us rest. Resolve to walk with the Lord in 2013.
In Christ Alone,