2015-01-02 - Forward and Backwards
As we move into the New Year, there is a tendency to look back at what we have done, and to look forward to the things we hope to do in the year that lies ahead. This year, I am doing that a bit more than usual, as I have closed a 5-year chapter of my life spent serving as one church's Student Pastor, and as I begin a new chapter at another church, as their Youth Pastor.
As my mind began pondering the accomplishments of the past, I also had a passage of scripture pop into my head — just part of a verse, actually — so I did like all good Biblical scholars do, and I Googled it.
Philippians 3:7-15 (NIV)
“Forget what lies behind and strain toward what is ahead.” I wanted to pat myself on the back for the good I accomplished at my old church, but I need to forget about it, and seize the future - continuing to move forward – continually progressing God's kingdom. This should be the cry of all mature believers, “Press on!” Ever going forward, there is never a time to retire, until near death's door, we can join Paul and then look back saying, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7 NIV)
Keep on keeping on, and do even more for God's glory in the new year.
All scripture references are from the KJV unless otherwise noted.