Out With the Old

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before…

Philippians 3:12-13

I love New Years.  I enjoy New Years Eve and looking back at the previous year.  I especially enjoy look forward to the New Year.  On this, the last day of the year, it is good for us to look back over the last year.  It is important to take an honest look – seeing both our successes and our failures.  We begin a new year with high expectations.  We fulfill some of those expectations and we fail in some of them.  We can thank the Lord for helping us in the successes and we can ask Him for forgiveness and help in the failures.

In these verses, Paul tells us that he is “forgetting those things which are behind…”  He is letting go of the things in the past.  In the previous verses, he details some successes and some failures.  He is letting them all go.  And he is letting them go so that he can devote everything he has to “reaching forth unto those things which are before.”  It’s hard to reach for anything if your hand are full holding all of yesterday’s triumphs and problems.  If we are weighted down with baggage, we are not going to be able to run our race efficiently.  Paul knew this and that is why he felt the need to forget those things which are behind.

Let’s take a little time today to look back at the past year.  And then it will be time to start thinking about the New Year.  It will be time to start pressing forward!

I hope everyone who reads this has a happy New Year in which you draw closer to the Lord than you have every been!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you kindly, Ben

    All the best to you and yours for 2012 as well.



  2. Thank you, Ben , for helping us reflect on His goodness and grace! God bless your year ahead!


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