This is what God says…“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?”
(Isaiah 43:19 MSG)
It’s that time of year again when many of us will be making new year resolutions that we probably won’t keep. Earlier last year, I expected some drastic changes to happen. I told God that I expected great things from Him so I could attempt great things for Him. But as I looked back, I could see that He did “do something brand-new” but not necessarily the way I expected it. I’ve come to realize that God brings the change we need but oftentimes, it requires effort on our part to “be alert” and “present” to perceive it. Reflecting on the year that has passed, I’ve come to see that I’ve grown more in my walk with God, developed more of the fruits of the Spirit in my life, and impacted more lives around me without even realizing it. I’ve come to see what it means to live the abundant life that Jesus died to give me with God as the Author of my life story. Praise God!
God is constantly changing us for the better, so we would reflect Him and bring Him glory, but we must obey Him and forget the past and focus on what He is doing now. We’ll miss out on some amazing things that He is doing in our lives if we’re too busy dwelling on what could or should have been. May the new year be a year of new you where you begin to see the great things God has in store for you and embrace them. Here’s to a new year, new you!
Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. -Bil Keane