I’m pretty sure we are all excited for the new year. We have plans tonight to celebrate New Year’s Eve and a set of goals we want to achieve for the next year.
Moving on to the next year…
Day 1 starts tomorrow for most of us as we try to change and improve some aspects of our lives. Day 1 starts as we move on and leave the past year behind. A new year that signifies we are one year closer to eternity, some closer than the others. A new year that signifies new hopes yet new set of challenges we are so ready to take. A new year that reminds us to check our priorities because our days are numbered.
I remember Philippians 3:13-14 whenever I think of moving on:
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus
Pressing on. Reaching forth. Moving on. We love the idea of a brand new beginning and we’re so ready to forget the past and all the hurts, challenges, (toxic people) behind it. But, let us not forget to be thankful.
Thanking God for the past year…
We must be reminded of two things about the past:
1. Whatever happened in the past, happened to help us grow.
2. And that no matter how painful the past year became, God is still on His throne.
The challenges, the conflicts, the illnesses, the struggles, the temptations, the joy, the unexpected blessings, the untimely pain, the redirections, all of it are part of God’s grand plan for our lives. We may not understand some parts of it but we can choose to trust that God is in control of everything. We can choose to be thankful for the things that He has permitted to happen in the past year because “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:16
I thought it would be nice to end the year reminiscing the things that God has done in our lives. List it down so we will remember.
You can use this sheet to write your own thankfulness list, prayer requests and top priorities for the coming year:
As we welcome this new year, may we still remember the goodness of the Lord in the past. For by remembering the past, we will be reminded of the hope that we have in our Lord Jesus Christ. We will be reminded that He has always been good to us.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!