The wonderful blessing of a new year is that it gives us a chance to start over. I’m sure that if any of us could change any thing behind us, there would be at least one thing all of us would change. It is certain, however, that we cannot make progress by getting hung up on the past. A new year is all about going forward and not looking behind us.
There are scores of people, however, who cannot make progress in their lives because they’re hung up on something in their past. It could be some past failure. There are missed opportunities behind us. There are mistakes behind us. There are ruptured relationships behind us. If we allow ourselves to do so, all of us can think of something behind us that we wish we could undo and try again. As much as we may wish it was different, life does not afford us such a luxury.
Life is designed in such a way that it is a forward experience and not a going back to experience. No matter what mistakes, regrets, failures, disappointments there may be in our past, we cannot go back to correct them. There will be new opportunities ahead of us. There will be new relationships to develop ahead of us. There will be new blessings ahead of us.
St. Paul reminds us in Philippians 3: 13-14 that we are to live life with a forward view. He says, “Forgetting the things that are behind, and reaching forth unto the things that are before, I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
2012 is behind us! The great blessings of 2013 lie ahead of us. There isn’t anything behind us that is greater than what God has ahead of us. Our challenge is to heed the words of St. Paul and press toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. By this he simply means, do all you can to become the kind of person God wants you to be! We have not fulfilled that goal as yet. That is the goal of life; to be all God wants us to be!
It is only by going forward in the great adventure of life that we can we secure this blessing for ourselves! Nothing behind us is greater than what God has ahead of us! Go forward in this new year!