My Footlight ~ Looking Back, To Look Forward

2014 is over…

Where has the year gone?

Where were all my good intentions?

Did I procrastinate or did I achieve what I hoped to…If we could write a review of our lives for the last year…what would it look like?

Would it show all our flaws and failures…or would it show all the things we have accomplished? Will it show all the best laid plans that were never nothing but a good idea?

Will we beat ourselves up, or will we be honest and take a stock count of how well we set out and where we are right now.

The thing I love most about Christ is the hope He gives me…

Hope for today, hope for tomorrow and hope for all of yesterday with its disappointments, trials, difficulties, tragedies, pain and struggles…

I remember reading a blog at the start of 2014 and was encouraged to find a verse to become my footlight or beacon for this year…

So, as I pause and reflect on the disappointments, the difficulties, the ups and downs of 2014… many times throughout this year I have turned to this verse… at times I have felt inadequate and insufficient, but only through the His grace have I held on. Because His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-24) and I rely on His thoughts towards me to bring me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

So, as 2014 closes I ponder on the verse I chose as my footlight for this past year (Revelation 1:18)

  • There is hope beyond what I have or have not achieved this year…
  • There is a second chance to try again in 2015…
  • There is an eternal perspective beyond what happens in my life or how I feel or what I see right now…

One day, we will understand fully… so I cling to 4 promises as I brace the start of another year:

1| For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD [Psalm 71:5]
2| So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being  renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal [2 Corinthians 4:16-18]
3| Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer [Romans 12:12]
4| He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever [Revelation 21:4]

 

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