Saturday, January 1, 2011
Of Old Calendars
Today I put the 2010 calendar in the garbage. Full of reminders, appointments, pretty pictures. But now pointless to retain, and only likely to create confusion.
We must do the same with most of our experiences from the past year. Whatever the success or failure, it is time for growth, repentance, searching and confidence that Jesus will provide sufficient light, purpose and safe-guarding for the unknown days ahead. The past is past. One needs neither the false confidence nor condemnation.
Today's devotional portion in Daily Light for the Daily Path (Bagster) is very helpful:
This one thing I do, forgetting those
things which are behind, . . . I press
toward the mark for the prize of the
high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
FATHER, I will that they . . . whom thou hast given to me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given to me.--I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him against that day.--He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Know ye not that they which run in a race all run, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.--Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus.
PHI. 3. 13, 14. John 17. 24.--2 Ti. 1. 12.--
Phi. 1. 6. 1 Co. 9. 24, 25.--He. 12. 1, 2.