Looking Back or Ahead


Reposted from The Isaiah 53.5 Project

The end of 2016 is right around the corner. At the end of every year we look back at the things that happened during that time and reflect on them. Is there a change for the better? Did we accomplish what we set out to do at the end of 2016? Is our outlook better because of it?

Maybe, but chances are we’ve fallen short of the high expectations we’ve set for ourselves. I hoped to lose at least 30 pounds, but gained 5 more. Truth is, when we try to accomplish things alone, we’re setting ourselves up for failure. By allowing God to set the course and following what He has laid out for us, there can be no failure – no disappointment.

By looking back instead of forward, we are also placing limits on ourselves.  We can learn from our past mistakes, but we shouldn’t dwell on them.

As we look forward to 2017, let’s put our trust in His unending and constant care for us. No matter what the new year will bring, we can be confident in God’s unchanging love for His people. 

Dear, Holy, God, you have given us the promise of eternity with you. Help deliver us from fear and the evil which infests our world and ever walk your way, so that when we take our final breath we can be assured of perfection. Amen!


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