Minister’s Forum: Embrace new life for a new year
As we look back on the events of 2007, we probably all have mixed feelings because some good things and some bad things happen to all of us and I know that we would all rate the past year differently.
For those who lost their homes in the Angora fire, my prayers continue for you. For those that suffered other types of loss – death in the family, illness, family problems, etc. – those events will take a major place in your memory of 2007.
One thing I have learned from the 30-plus years in ministry is that I can do nothing about what has already happened. In fact, the Apostle Paul told us in Philippians 3:13: “…One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to those things which are ahead…” I believe that the degree to which we can practice this principle is the degree that we can move forward in our lives.
I believe this is why the Bible contains so much about forgiveness. If we cannot forgive, we continue to carry the events of the past into our future. As we look forward to another new year, let’s try and look with a positive note, looking back as a learning experience. While we like to enjoy the good memories, like we enjoy old music or classic TV shows, we cannot become so lost in the past that we cannot move forward.
There is a theme in the book of Psalms that points to waiting on the Lord for the future, Psalm 130:5-6: “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning. Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.”
So, with God’s help, let’s look forward to 2008.
— Jerry Foster is pastor at Calvary Chapel of South Lake Tahoe.