Pressing On in the New Year

Since early this morning, I have been “musing” over the following; one of my favorite ‘New Year’ passages of scripture ~

“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.”  (Philippians 3:13-14)

I realize that regardless of our personal circumstances today, we all share one thing in common: we are standing on the threshold of another New Year – 2015. For some of us, it will be a year of many blessings; for others of us, it will be a year of trial and struggle; and for the rest of us, perhaps a combination of both? Regardless, in this time of New Year “Resolutions” let us resolve follow the Lord – He who has promised to go before us as a guiding light, a constant protection, an unfailing friend, a Wonderful Counselor and a Mighty God!

As I was doing my devos this morning, I came across a familiar entry by D.M. Panton, originally written at such a time as this – the dawning of a New Year. I include it here for your consideration ~

(he writes) “Today is a slender bridge which will bear its own load, but will collapse if we add tomorrows’. In every new year there are 365 letters from the King, each with its own message – ‘bear this for Me.’ What shall we do with the letters? Open them one day at a time! Yesterday’s seal is broken; lay that letter reverently away, for yesterday’s cross is laid down – never to be borne again. Tomorrow’s letter lies on the table; do not break the seal. For when tomorrow becomes today, there will stand beside us an unseen figure who will place His hand on our shoulder and say with a loving smile: ‘as thy days, so shall thy strength be.’ Let the summary of our life be this: as to the past, a record of gratitude; as to the present, a record of service; as to the future, a record of trust.”

** I’m sure most of you would agree with me that we often create our own hassles and hindrances by being anxious over two days we can do little, if anything, about – ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’. That said, consider this: our Lord, Jesus Christ, has done all He can to free us from every weight…giving us forgiveness from the past, help in the present and assurance for the future. Amen! That being the case, let me suggest to you that as you face the coming days of the New Year, not knowing what they may hold, yet knowing that each passing day brings the Lord’s return nearer – let us heed the exhortations of scripture and ‘lay aside every weight of sin…’ and ‘let us press toward the mark’ with singleness of heart… ‘looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.’ (Hebrews 12:1-2)

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