“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead” Philippians 3:13 (ESV)
Going into the New Year 2015, should give you great hope and joy for a new start. Turning the page into a New Year should give you an opportunity to look ahead to the great things that you will encounter in this New Year. For some it is an opportunity to get rid of some things, and to start over again. For some the previous year has been difficult, and now a new year springs new life, and new hope. In order to walk in the newness of a new year there are some things of the previous year you need to leave behind, and look forward to those things in front of you.
The Scripture reminds you: “We have not made it yet, but one thing we do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.”
I encourage you — forget what lies behind you, and strain forward to what lies ahead of you. Your best days are not behind you, so stop looking back as if you will never live better than you did yesterday or yesteryear. Your best days are in front of you, and you should do all you can do to strain forward to grasp the blessings that the Lord has in front of you.
In 2015, there are going to be trials and tribulations, but there are also going to be victories, and successes that you will experience. Do not focus on the negative, but reach towards the great things the Lord has in store for your life in the New Year. If you do not do anything else in this New Year, do this one thing: forget those things that are behind you, and reach forward for those things that are in front of you, because what God has in front of you is much better that what you had behind you.
No matter what comes in 2015, I am straining forward to what the Lord has in front of me, knowing that everything that He has for me He has placed it in front of me. Since I am forgetting what lies behind me, and reaching and straining for what the Lord has in front of me in 2015 I have no doubt, “It’s My Year to Get My Thing from My God!”
Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue, Pastor
Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church