Thy goodness has been with me another year, leading me through a twisting wilderness, in retreat helping me to advance, when beaten back making sure headway. Thy goodness will be with me in the year ahead; I hoist sail and draw up anchor, With Thee as the blessed pilot of my future as of my past. —excerpt from O Love Beyond Compare (The Valley of Vision)
I recently ran across this quote. How appropriate as we move into 2014.
A New Year seems to be a time for new beginnings. No matter how good or bad 2013 was to us we march into 2014 knowing it is a fresh start and we declare new goals, new resolutions and we pound our chest saying “this is the year I will keep them” while we chuckle inside knowing full well that we won’t. But still, it is exciting for, again, hey, this might be the year!!!
The world is full of people who have had bad years. We have to look no further than down the block to find someone who had a bad 2013. If we read our local newspaper, watch our local and world news we find society is running over with those whose 2013 is one they want to forget. And this is only the one’s we know read about! If only we could start over. A “do-over” if you will. Something to remove the label and stigma that has been attached to your identity.
If you find yourself in this position heading into 2014 let it be known you are not alone. The same media mentioned above that shares the misdeeds of mankind is also full of stories of salvation and redemption. You see, your future is has not been written. Your future is a blank page and you hold the pencil.
There is another source where we can read about murder, slander, cheaters, thieves, adulterers and anything in between. The Bible. Yes, some of the same heroes we read and hear about from the Bible had some of the same problems we read about in today’s news. But they DID NOT let that be the last page of the story of their lives. They realized there is a “do-over”, well something similar, and His name is Jesus.
Over the next month we will be examining some of the mighty men and women of the Bible who did not allow their past nor their sins to define them. They realized their final destiny had not been written and with grit and courage pulled themselves up from the mat and made a difference.
They found Strength for the Moment!