Thursday, December 31, 2015

Fresh Start - Happy New Year

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14

In just a couple hours, we'll welcome in a new year - 2016. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

With that said, let's all leave behind the mistakes and failures of 2015. Let's forget about the many times we found ourselves lagging behind, learning lessons slowly, taking a step forward and then two steps back. Let's forget about the many disappointments, faulty expectations, unhealthy comparisons and many tests we may not have passed. Yes, let's leave them all behind and press beyond it all as this new year offers us a clean slate, a brand new, fresh start. 

Let's make up in our minds, as we step into a new chapter of life, that we will press on. We will not quit. We will not stop. We will keep walking. We will move full-steam-ahead into the new areas God has planned for us. We will fulfill the purpose He has called us to. We will make a difference in the lives of those we touch. We will allow God to move and work through us. Yes, it's a brand new, fresh start.

Let's dedicate our lives to the Kingdom of Heaven, let's surrender our wills and rights to whatever the Lord might have for us. Let's submit ourselves and plans to Him, let's pray for more of Him and less of us. Yes, let's make a change this year. Let's put our best foot forward and be consumed with Him. Let's put off distractions and run away from discouragement. And, when we fall, let's take advantage of God's mercy, grace and forgiveness; let's get right back up and keep striving for Heaven.

Happy New Year and may God bless you as you walk with Him. Our Lord who is the same yesterday, today and forever. Our Savior who loves us too much to leave us like He found us. 

Just a little bit longer...get ready for a brand new, fresh start. Ready. Set. Go.