“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43: 18-19
The New Year always brings out the best in us. It provides a clean slate, a new opportunity, a fresh start. The old is washed away. The new is, well, new. We have high hopes for the next 365 days. This is a starting point of a different life.
We vow to smoke less, gossip less, eat less, worry less. We pledge to exercise more, sleep more, go to church more, call our mother more. He intend to change our ways and become the man or woman we have always known we could be. We have high hopes but in fact, history has proven that our intentions are good but our follow through has always been lacking.
History is a good teacher. It reveals many patterns. It tells of many attempts. It reports many failures.
But God asks us to forget the past. Don’t look back. There is a new thing that will happen. There is a new way being prepared. Our past can inform, but more often it haunts. Our history does not have to be our future. Our former failures do not have to be the manual for tomorrow’s agenda.
Don’t look back. Look forward. Don’t relive the past. Make a new future. Don’t allow yesterday to blind you to the possibility of today. This year can be different. There’s something new happening and you will want to witness every amazing moment.