Now that we have entered a new year, we want to remind you friends to forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead. Don’t let the enemy hold you back by keeping you focused on mistakes or failures. You can’t move forward if you’re focused on the rear-view mirror.
No matter how you’ve failed this past year, no matter how you’ve missed it, God’s love is greater. We are reminded how Peter betrayed Jesus in the Lord’s greatest hour of need. Nonetheless, God entrusted Peter with a leadership role in his newly established church because of Peter’s repentant heart.
Remember Paul who intensely persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. Despite this, God used Paul to write two-thirds of the New Testament. Paul did not let his past hold him back. Paul received God’s forgiveness and moved on. As he so wisely stated in Philippians 3:13-14:
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.
We pray all God’s best for you and yours this new year. Know that he has a plan for your life and that plan is for good. Move into his best for you by forgetting what is behind and embracing the best yet to come. Blessings friends in this year of feasting and gladness.