As one year ends and another opens, a natural junction for reflection (looking back) presents itself. How have the last 365 stacked up? What moves have you made toward fulfilling your creative call in Christ?
The closing days also encourage a forthright future view. Looking forward.
The danger is that we’ll stand at the junction with regret for what’s gone, or pining for what once was, or stretching our view to some future hope with wistful longing, and lose ourselves in the in-between.
The past is there to inform your present. The future will be populated with ideas and actions you choose to take right now.
The present moment is the best present Heaven has given you. Now, this very moment, is the time you begin to build your future legacy.
What decisions will you make today fuelled by the lessons you have learned in the last 365, and spill with growing wisdom to tomorrow and the 364 that follow?
Here are some joyous signposts by the side of the road:
“We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.” (Romans 8:28 AMP)
“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].” (Ephesians 2:10 AMP)
This doesn’t mean the path will be easy. Or that all your cherished hopes will miraculously fall into painless place. It doesn’t mean there won’t be challenges, but you are fitted to fight the battle and overcome. It means you’re formed to fill your place and stake your claim.
No devil can stop you. And if God be for you (which He is) who can stand against you.
God is a partner in your labour, and your obedient steps today will plant seeds that will bless generations to come.