Today is the final day in the year 2016, the new year will soon be upon us. When reflecting back on the year, some will be glad to see its end, while others will miss the experiences they had in this year. This is also the most popular time that people try to wipe the slate clean and start afresh in the New year. New year resolutions will be set, for a time they may be kept, daily routine hasn’t changed though and most will go back to what they were doing before. Wanting to change your lifestyle for physical health or for spiritual health is always a good desire, just hard to maintain with the worries of life. What I would encourage for anyone trying to change for the better, in whatever capacity, would be to leave your worries of the past, in the past.
“I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud And your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.” – Isaiah 44:22 (NASB)
The past does not take long to occur, in the blink of the eye the past has occurred. With a blink you can decide to live in the past, or live in the future. You can live in fear of the past, or in the hope of the future. Everyday we have choices to make, we will have proud moments in our lives due to our choices. However, we will have many regrets as well. What do you do then? Dwell in the past and think of what you’ve done wrong? Or, live with hope for the future and try your absolute best to avoid your regrets of the past?
Often times when I think back on stupid things I’ve done, I laugh and shake my head saying “I can’t believe I did that.” Thankfully, the Good Lord has kept me from what I would consider severe mistakes. Yet, I have my thorns. Pain is not a stranger to me, but I know others have experienced much more severe pain than I. When I see my friends battling their own thorns, I can see the suffering that they go through. Perhaps, the Lord has spared me of a heavy burden, in order for me to take upon the burdens of my brethren.
“Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. …” Galatians 6:1-3 (NASB)
In my post prior to this one “Only the Potter” what I am saying now is more accurate to the feelings I felt while writing that post. The broken pot being a broken spirit, we are all broken. To help each other along the path of righteousness, to help bear one another’s burdens when we are able, to possess unconditional love; those are but a few of the characteristics that we should follow, but perhaps, the most important.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NASB)
Love bears all things, just as Christ loved us and bore our sins upon the Cross. We should bear one another’s burdens and help each other along life’s path to the only one capable of healing our broken spirits. Jesus Christ, our Lord, our savior, our ultimate friend who loves us so deeply that he laid down His life for us.
As you start off the New year, take one last look at your experiences in 2016. Take what is good, what is pure, what is true and leave the rest behind. If you dwell on what is bad, then the darkness of the world will appear to be more than one can handle. Dwell on what is good, look to the Light found in Christ Jesus and allow those around you who love you deeply, to help lift you up and the things of this world will grow strangely dim. Lay To Rest the evil of the past, look to the future for what is bright.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NASB)
Galatians 6:1-3 (NASB)
Isaiah 44:22 (NASB)