Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Yet again we are at the end of the year, 2012. This year has been challenging for many; for some they have lost loved ones, or endured broken relationships, and for others they have struggled through job loss, reduced incomes, and financial difficulty. Many were upset by the political outcome, and they continue to be concerned over what will happen to this Nation for ourselves and those coming after us. When we look behind, we may wonder how we made it through!
Yet for many, the past year has also been very good. There have been new births, new relationships, marriages, and times of great blessing. Personally, we welcomed a new grandson into our family, and I enjoyed the renewal of friendships leading up to, and attending my high school reunion. Even though I wasn't happy about the political outcome, I know that God is on His throne and He cares for us all; nothing happened or will happen without His divine will being in control.
This great passage in Paul's letter to the church in Philippi, reminds us that what has happened in 2012, should stay in 2012. We need to forget what we are leaving behind in this year, and look forward to the great things that will happen in the new year, 2013. God has things for us to do, and "we need to be about His business". In the new year, we need to be pointing others to the salvation that Jesus Christ offers us, the children God so deeply loves. We need to be also discovering and sharing the new life that is in store for those who follow after God. Yes, there will be challenges, but the wonderful thing is that God will be with us every step of the way, as long as we surrender ourselves to Him.
So, say goodbye 2012, and welcome 2013, looking forward in anticipation that God has good things in store for you. Have a Happy New Year, and may God bless you as you "press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called you heavenward in Christ Jesus".
Photo "Looking Forward" by Carrie Jackson, Winner of DSHS Photography Contest 2011