I first published this last December.  A year has passed and this is just as appropriate for this year.

Last week my boss gave me a new desk calendar.  I unwrapped it and put it on my desk ready to write my schedule and appointments on it.  As I looked at it I thought how nice it looks, no stains, markings, or cross outs.  Each day is clean, white & empty.

Then it came to my mind that this is what the Lord gives us in a new year. The year 2012 will soon be over with all it’s victories, failures, disappointments, good & bad memories.  When we turn the calendar in a few days to January we have a new opportunity to make our hours and days count for the Lord.  Paul put it very well in Philippians 3:13 – 14, Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this on thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Let me encourage you to set some goals that you can keep with God’s help.  Determine that you will put the past behind you.  It cannot be changed except by God’s grace.  If you have asked God to forgive you for any known sins, he has.  Now it is up to you to move forward in the grace of God using your time to show the world what a forgiven sinner can accomplish with God’s help.

I pray that when each of us gets to the end of 2013 we can look back and say that by the grace of God I used my time wisely.  I met some of my goals and changed others to align with what God wanted me to do.  Would you make a commitment with me to study God’s word more and allow Him to work in your life that we may each become a vessel useful for the Master?

I wish you a Blessed New Year loaded with spiritual victories and good memories.


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