Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. 2018 is over. 2019 is here. As we start the journey of this New Year it is a good time to reflect on the year that is ending and look forward into the year that is soon to begin. Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
All of us wonder what the new year will bring. I don’t know of any more relevant and practical advice for us at the start off 2019 than to say that the old year ends, a new begins with pages clean and new; And what is written on each page will now depend on you. We don’t have to live our lives imprisoned by our past because you can’t relive the year that’s past, erasing every wrong; for once a year – or day – is spent, It is forever gone. We are to allow a heavenly perspective to govern our earthly walk! Every decision, every activity, every plan and purpose is to be considered in the light of eternity. Everything is to be laid out before the Lord and considered not from an earthly, sensual perspective, but from the viewpoint of Heaven because the steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
I think that the start of the New Year is a good time for us to rise to that challenge and to say to ourselves that I am going to, with the help of God, forget my past. I am going to stop torturing myself about what I did or didn’t do. This New Year is a good time to stop being chained to our past failures. Don’t give up in dark despair if you have failed some test; Seek God’s forgiveness and resolve henceforth to do your best. Resolve each precious day to do things good and kind and pure; Though days and years may pass away, these things shall still endure. You know not where your path may lead nor what’s beyond the hill; But know that God walks at your side, if you will do God’s will. We should remember that all things are possible with God, though days be bright or dim;
So do your best and know that you can leave the rest to God. Be encouraged, the future rests in the good hands of a God who loves you more than you can imagine. You may stumble this year, but you won’t completely fall. This is God’s promise to you.
Thank you all for your support in 2018! Happy New Year to you, your friends and family! Here’s to 2019!!! 🍾🥂 I LOVE YOU ALL!!!
A restored relationship gives glory to God. It can become even better after suffering through affliction, betrayal, and sin. Love is the healing balm that makes this possible. Forgiveness is a promise, not a feeling. When you forgive other people, you are making a promise not to use their past sins against them.
We cannot however change people, or their reaction to our sin. We can only work on changing ourselves with God’s grace. Forgiveness is a major part of life that almost everyone has trouble doing. Learning to forgive someone that has wronged us is a very long and difficult process that must be done. Without forgiveness we can not let go of the bitterness and resentment we have towards someone, and without letting go of these things, they start to eat back at us spiritually, emotionally, and eventually physically. When we remain angry for extended periods of time it definitely takes a toll on our bodies, for example, with a rise in blood pressure. We have to learn to forgive and move on from the past sins that people have committed against us in order to further our lives, and in order to continue a relationship with them if we plan on continuing to do so. Our promise to others is never to bring up that sin against that person again not to God, not to the person who committed it, not to anyone else. It is a deliberate decision to deal with another’s sin by doing away with it, pressing the delete button, wiping it off our slate. Make a commitment today to forgive all of those you may be angry with, and that may have done you wrong, this past year and your whole life. Whenever you think of the way that someone has wronged you wish a blessing upon them instead of cursing them, and stay as positive as possible. Not only is forgiveness our promise to others, but it’s also a promise God has made to us.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. I think too often we wait to forgive. We wait until it feels right to do so. But forgiveness is not a feeling at all. If we wait until we feel like forgiving, it will never happen. Forgiveness is more about wiping away a debt. It is saying to a person, “You owe me nothing more; no money, no apology, no hugs, no sympathy cards, nothing. I really am no longer looking for any of that from you, you are released from any moral or ethical or legal obligations to me for this pain as much as is possible, we are going to move forward now and I will not be holding this over you any longer, waiting to hit you on the head with it if you mess up again. I will not be keeping score because where I am concerned your slate is now wiped clean. I wish the very best for you and God’s blessings on you.” Forgiveness isn’t something we wait to feel, it is something we communicate to the person who hurt us irrespective of how we feel. So while trust may be a process, the promise of forgiveness is not. But though trust and forgiveness are two different things, there is a definite relationship between them. Making the promise of forgiveness is what triggers the beginning of the trust process. Without forgiveness, there can be no more trust. But once forgiveness is given, the process of trusting again begins. Forgiveness takes a broken relationship and places it back on track for the healing process to begin. It is the first step in the healing journey. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.
Learning from past experience is good. but there is a limit. always brooding in past can actually cause damage to us. Our eyes are in front because it is better to look ahead than to look back. Don’t dwell on things from the past. Learn from them and keep moving forward. The only time you should look back is to see how far you’ve come.
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us. Looking ahead is one of the most difficult concepts for humans to grasp as we advance in this journey that we call life. Little do we realize that when we look back, we slow ourselves down from progressing forward. Try something for me. Try standing up, and looking ahead for about two seconds. Now quickly turn your head backwards, and without turning it forward whatsoever, try taking ten steps forward.
In most likelihood you were obstructed by something in your path that you weren’t able to see to go around because you weren’t looking forward, right? Now apply this exercise to your everyday life. Sure we have memories of the past, and sometimes it is hard to move on from the good times we had, but remember that looking backwards all the time while trying to move forward will only stop you from maneuvering the challenges in your life correctly.
It’s so easy to get caught up in what you did wrong, regretting things that you’ve done, decisions you’ve made but the past is the past and you’ve got to learn to forgive yourself, let things go, and move on. But when you do look back, do so only to see how far you’ve come to recognize the gains that you’ve made in only six short months, or one short year. Tell yourself, over and over again, “Good job.” Pat yourself on the back. Because you deserve to feel accomplished, proud and confident and no one can do a better job at doing that, than you.
Remember that your struggles are why you are capable of succeeding. Your so called mistakes or failures have prepared you to exceed other people’s expectations. The problems you’ve faced in your life have molded you into the person that you are today you’re stronger, more resilient, complicated and capable. There is a reason for why you’ve experienced the things you’ve experienced and your future self will thank you for remembering your purpose. You were born different, and shaped specifically for your own path. Don’t ever apologize for who you are, and don’t ever let anyone make you think you have to do so.
You don’t buy all the clothes in the market. You choose slowly and carefully, asking the prices for each before buying. The same way you choose your friends, by looking into their lives carefully, before taking any as a companion, then dropping those that are not relevant. Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.
Every decision you make, makes you. Never let other people choose who you’re going to be. Living with the pain and fear of the past is not simple. We all have different sets of experiences and getting past emotional pain can be very difficult according to what we went through. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you. A key principle to abide by in life is knowing to keep a positive attitude no matter what your past is. There are many new opportunities within your reach in any circumstance, you just have to be willing to rid our own eyes with the judgment of what you put yourself through, and dealing with your reality in an upfront way that will help you to tackle and bury the problems of the past.
Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not. Forgive yourself, never forget what happened, and use the experience to learn about what you may do in the future when similar situations arise. Never make the same mistakes repeatedly, and remember that once things happen, they are finished. There is no point in living in situations that cant be changed. Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.
There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
Choose to look ahead. Think about it. If we chose to navigate our cars and drive forward, while focusing intently on the rearview mirror, chances are we are in for a big accident and a big amount of destruction. This is a great analogy for how we should live our lives as well. If we choose to live our lives in the hopes of moving forward, but with our hearts focused on the past, sooner than later we will wreck our lives.
The past is the past for a reason, and that reason was to help make you who are now, and to help give you the drive to become the person you ultimately want to become. Remember that there are always far better things ahead of us in our lives than there are that we were forced to leave behind us. Move on from what was, so that you can better focus on what is, and what will be.