“Looking Back, Looking Ahead”

Jarrod M. Jacobs

The Bible encourages us to remember former days (Deut. 32:7; Ps. 143:5; Isa. 46:9). We need to be reminded where we came from and how God has blessed us. The Bible also says that we need to look ahead toward a goal. Jesus said, “No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Lk. 9:62) No, we cannot live in the past, but we can use the past as “stepping stones” to the future. We can determine to be a better people than we have been. Growing closer to God is always an option for the Christian, and when we “draw nigh” to God, he will “draw nigh” to us (Jas. 4:8).

2021 is almost gone. With it, all the mistakes, victories, love, sadness, unspoken words, out-spoken words, loss of loved ones, marriages, births, etc., that have occurred in the year. Some are reading this that became Christians in 2021. Others repented and returned to the Lord in 2021. For these and a multitude of personal spiritual victories, we thank God. Sadly, some have left the Lord in 2021. As a result, these people have left a hole in our hearts.

We cannot dwell in the past (Lk. 9:62). We now look forward to a new year, 2022. This year stands perfect, as newly-fallen snow. We have not “left our tracks” in 2022 yet. Therefore, let us make our plans (resolutions?) today to make 2022 the best year yet. No, we cannot control what folks do to us (Matt. 10:21-22, 28; Heb. 13:6). We cannot control life and death on earth (Heb. 9:27; Ecc. 9:5). We can, however, control our thoughts, words, and deeds while we live (Rev. 2:10; Prov. 4:23; I Cor. 9:27). Therefore, let us be active in doing that! How we control our thoughts, words, and deeds will make the difference between having wonderful or horrible memories for the year 2022! May God bless each one of you in 2022!

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