“Facing Forward”

(Originally printed in the 1/3/2016 bulletin of FBC Mulberry Grove)

Who wouldn’t like a clean slate to work with? Never before chalked, and ready to receive the first strokes of a fresh message. In a sense, this is the promise of a new year. It is a moment when we can face our reality with fresh eyes, fresh feelings, fresh attitude.

Our goal for 2016 can bring hop and encouragement in the midst of living life. We can do this through the promise and goal of a focus on Jesus Christ.

With the promise of Jesus, we leave behind the disappointments of the past. While the scars and wrinkles are still there, the lessons learned help us to move on. And the prospect of something fresh and new can bring the encouragement that lifts us to the heavens.

With Jesus as our goal, we have a future that is bright and uplifting. For the new year, I propose that we resolve to keep facing forward, looking into the face–the eyes and the heart–of Jesus. He is our goal, which is our comfort and our strength.

Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.                        –Paul (Philippians 3:13-14)