2014-01-03 - New Year's Reflections
As I write this it is just a few days before New Year's Day although it is a couple days after that you will be reading it. My mind is reflecting on all the joys and trials of this past year. I remember the pain of losing my dad and the joy of knowing where he is now. I remember the agony of defeat as I recall struggles with sin that I lost as well as the joy of knowing that although I have fallen I am not defeated because Christ has won the victory. I remember the thrill of roller coaster rides with my older son, the fun of family trips, and lots of simple small things like the pleasure of seeing my wife smile. But there's also been sadness, pain, anger, and disappointment with other events from this past year. Pleasure and pain, happiness and heartache - it really has been a bag of mixed emotions this year. But as I reflect on all these things my mind turns toward Scripture and a few Scriptures popped out that I'd like to share with very limited commentary as we start a new year.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB) - Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
The new year is similar to salvation in that it is a new start. The old is over and done with. We cannot change it so we cast it aside and start new. Because we start anew, we can look forward with hope toward the future and not look back on the past.
Philippians 3:13-14 (NASB) - Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Whatever struggles the past year has held for you, they can be turned over to Christ and left in the past knowing that he is big enough to handle them all. We can each look forward to serving Jesus Christ our King as the new year begins.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted