Happy New Year! I love the start of each year. It is a reminder that God makes all things new. My scripture verse for the year is Philippians 3:13-14:
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
As we start the new year our energies should be focused on pressing on towards higher goals in Christ Jesus. Those goals are ones that go beyond earthly recognition and focus on those character traits that will last for eternity and help us to accomplish what God has purposed in our lives for His kingdom. I have to remind myself to let go of my past … that long list of imperfections and personal disappointments and press on towards the finish line with the tasks and goals that God is giving me on a daily basis. I pray this year that as we join together in our goals and purposes that God will do a mighty work through us that will make an eternal impact!
Thank you to all the singers, musicians, kids, and leaders that made the Christmas season such a wonderful experience this year! John and I also thank you for the many gifts and expressions of encouragement you extended to us!