Happy New Year!! Philippians 3:13 reads:
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead.”
2021 has arrived and what a verse to cling to in light of where we have been and where we would like to be. In so many ways, I am sure we would like to forget the events that are behind us in 2020 and stretch forward to what is better that lies ahead.
A good start to this New Year is to put it all in perspective. Realistically, we won’t be able to physically forget the events of 2020. Technically, we don’t want to. There are many things to learn from what took place in 2020. We shouldn’t forget and we don’t need to forget. The word ‘forget’ in this verse is a word that means that what is behind us now is not our primary focus. What is behind us now is not where our energy lies. The circumstances of 2020 need to be seen like in a rearview mirror. Sure, we check the rearview mirror when we are driving from time to time, but only to ensure proper perspective on what we have passed so that we can continue ahead. We could never drive successfully by keeping our focus on what is in the rearview mirror.
As I begin 2021, I turn now to reaching forward to what is ahead. It is exciting. It is thrilling. I don’t know all the events before me, but it is a comfort to know that Jesus is Still Jesus and He will be there for and with me in what lies ahead for 2021. One of my favorite movies has a quote where two people are sitting down on the first day of baseball season, with a stat sheet in their hands getting ready to watch their team play their first game. One of them opens up and says: “It’s another opening day, Harold. All future, no past.” Harold responds: “It’s a blank page, sir.” All future, no past. 2021 is a blank page before us. What God has before us right now will be written wonderfully on the pages of our life in the days ahead. And that is the direction I am ready to head.
Here we go. Follow us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM as we examine “A Better Path” as we come into a brand new season in our lives.
I am thankful for you and I am thankful that you are in my life to start this year. I love you. Happy New Year!