For many of us, 2009 was a really tough year. Finances were crunched, family changes happened, sickness and disease tore into some of us, loved ones passed into eternity, jobs were lost, and a long list of other things could be included. There is nothing “magical” about advancing the calendar one day to a new year except it represents something I think we all need: hope.
(Php 3:13) “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,”
As Christians, we need a constant reminder that our hope rests in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. Everything about our lives – past, present and future – is centered in Him. 2010 is a number from which all of history is measured – the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. 2010 is a number where we see that our lives are here and now and our choices occur today, not in the past or in the future. 2010 is a reminder that our future is our future and our past is our past. We can’t do anything to change our past but those choices we do make today will affect our time left here on earth and how our everyday interacts with eternity.
2010 reminds me that my life on this earth is short. There is no time to live in the ordinary or accept mediocrity. The horizon approaches and we, like the scouts of the old west, need to ride ahead and look over. For sure there are challenges that lie ahead. There are no promises that the road ahead is easier than the road behind us. There are rivers to cross, mountains to climb, and enemies waiting. But there’s an old song by an early contemporary Christian group that says, “Joy is not in where we’ve been, joy is Who’s waiting at the end.” We look ahead, prepare now, and leave no one behind.
Thanks so much for reading the Renewed Mind. Thanks so much for your encouragement. I pray that as we journey together in 2010, we keep our gaze ahead knowing we have a joy waiting for us and know that our joy is with us even now as we travel. God Bless and may your new year be a happy one in Him.