WEDNESDAY IN THE WORD January
“Forgetting those things which are behind, I press toward the goal to win the prize which
God has called me in Christ Jesus.”
The month of January is named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings. He was symbolized as a man with two faces, one looking back and the other looking ahead. Some people have trouble looking
ahead with hope because they keep looking back and moping over mistakes of the past. Their outlook for the future is dimmed, and their enthusiasm is dampened. But, there is no use “crying over spilled milk: as the old adage goes. History is likely to repeat
itself if we keep reliving our failures of the past, over and over again. Complaining about the injustices we have suffered. Nothing is gained by continually grieving what has been.
The Apostle Paul said that his goal was to know Christ, to be like Christ, and to be all that Christ intended for him to be. This is a helpful example for us. Paul’s goal absorbed all of his
energy. We should not let anything take our eyes off of our goal of knowing Christ. Our hope is in Christ because we can let go of the past and look forward to what God will help us become. So, ask yourself, “What’s holding you back?”
As we are still in the early days of this New Year, a great way to look ahead should begin with being honest with yourself. The confess your sins to the Lord and accepting the gracious forgiveness
He offers in 1 John 1:9, which says, “If we confess our sins to Him, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and cleanse us from all wickedness.” We must make right what needs correcting and then, “Forgetting those things which are behind, press onward
with confidence and trust in your heavenly Father (Phiippians 3:13-14a).
That was Paul’s secret and it worked. Stop looking back and agonizing over your past. Rather, with a forward look, move ahead with Hope and Joy.
God of all times, help us to enter this New Year quietly and thoughtfully with you. Knowing who we are to ourselves and to others, mindful that our steps make an impact
and our words carry power for good, especially when they are ordered of the Lord. May we walk gently and speak only after we have listened well to You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Pastor Andrea (Andie)