So, here we are heading into the last month of the year, Almost ready to start a new year. A time when many of us make time to take stock of the last year. Questioning things like, was this year better than the year before? What were the accomplishments and/or failures? Was there growth? Was there spiritual growth, or did we lose ground?
I think it can be good to think about these things. We can learn from our mistakes. Think of new ways to do things in the coming year, or celebrate things where we made real progress. Set goals for the new year. Think about where we want to be in another year and so on.
I was pondering on all that this morning. I was thinking that though its important to take stock, too often we put too much weight on where we are right now in our lives, or what went on the last year or week or month.
God is an eternal being. He is in the past and He’s in the future. According to Ephesians 1:3 He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world. He chose us long before any of us were ever born. And we who are in Christ, will have eternal life with Him when we die. Forever. Never-ending.
Whether we may be having the best day of our life, or the worst day, or just an ordinary day; we need to remember its just one day. Whatever this day or this week or this year held, it does not dictate the rest of our life. It may change life as we know it, but things are always changing. If today was bad it doesn’t mean tomorrow will be. If today was great it doesn’t mean tomorrow will be.
God is still God and He still has a plan for our life. So often we beat ourselves up, because we feel that we have not made the progress we think we should have. We think God must be disappointed with us, because we didn’t do great things for Him this year. Or surely, we must have strayed from our appointed path, because it sure doesn’t look like we are going in the right direction. Or we think, it’s too late now. God can’t do anything with me now. I’ve wasted too much time.
Sometimes we do make mistakes. Or we take the wrong path. But guess what? It’s no surprise to God. He is still waiting on the other side to keep us moving in the right direction, if we are willing. We sometimes spend so much time obsessing over these small blocks of time. Measuring our lives by accomplishments and standards and times that often are not God’s plan for us, but they are things we think we should do, based on the standards of men.
God is looking at our life from the view of eternity. He sees the beginning. He sees the end. He sees all the little stops in between. And when we are born again He sees us not as we see ourselves but He sees us as we will be one day. He sees us through the Blood of Jesus.
Our job is just to take care of today. Ask for wisdom and direction for the day, and carry on to the best of our ability. Don’t take ourselves too seriously. Don’t give place to the thoughts that the world may end if we don’t accomplish our goals today. Matthew 6:34 says: “ Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Live each day to the fullest. Spend time with God. Find joy. Use your time wisely. At the end of the day, learn from the bad, be thankful for the good and then let it go. Then we can say as Paul did in Philippians 3:13-14: “ Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”