We’re quickly approaching the end of another year. It’s time to pack up everything that happened in 2017 and add it to annals of history, but is it really a good idea to simply look ahead? We can learn much from past mistakes. We cannot push forward, if we dwell on the past, but isn’t it good to know that each year is a blessing from God? Each moment we spend in this time, is for our eventual good – for the perfection of eternity.
God has given me the ability to pack away the bad memories of my past. I still feel guilt over my wrong doings. I’m still ashamed of the bad things I’ve done. My heart will remain heavy with guilt until my dying day. Even so, with each day, the memories fade away and so does the guilt, when I know what Jesus has accomplished for me. I know that, because He conquered death, I’ve been redeemed for a future in heaven. The grave cannot hold me, because Jesus paid my ransom.
As we look back at the past year, there are many things we prefer to forget. There are the sad moments of loss – either financial, personal loss or the loss of one we love. There are the major bloopers we’ve made, the words spoken in anger, the little lies and all the things that bring us down. Even so, there are the events that changed us in some way – the advances in career, the successes achieved, the encouragement we’ve given others. Those historical moments shouldn’t be erased from our memory, because they are all elements of who we are now and will be tomorrow.
Dear, Lord, Jesus, little baby in a manger, King of Creation, Because of your love for me and all people, you were willing to take on human form, live as my brother and die for me. I was not at all worthy of such a precious gift, but you gave it unconditionally. Help me now, to move forward into the next year you have blessed me with. Show me how to use my gifts to be an instrument in your Kingdom. Whatever time you have allotted for me, remind me that you are the One who created time. You know what will happen in the future, you’ve laid out a blueprint for my life which leads directly to you and your eternal home. Let all things be done for your glory and my good. Amen!