Monday, December 31, 2012

Personal message for the New Year



“One thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, press on towards what is ahead, press on towards what is ahead, press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:13-14)




Today it is the 31st of December. The year 2012 has almost come to a close. Usually it is a time to reflect on what happened this year, our achievements, but also our challenges; our happy, but also our sad times. The apostle Paul teaches us, however, how we have to evaluate our times and how to look forward to the next year. He asks us not to stick to what is behind. Sometimes bad experiences or issues that hurt us can block us and stick us to the past. We remain in the past and we do not want to look forward anymore. On the other hand, previous achievements can also make us so satisfied that we do not look forward anymore. The apostle Paul asked us to strain forwards, and even to press on towards what is ahead. These are valuable things  to think about at the end of the year and to press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Jesus Christ. We have to go for it, to establish our targets and to look for ways to realize the plans God has put in our hearts and to win the prize which God has called me to. It is so encouraging that we do not have to do it alone, but that God is with us to help and bless us.