January 1, 2017

The New Year: A Resolution for Progress

It’s New Year’s Day—a time to look forward to growth and renewal. How do we do that if 2016 was a challenging year? Maybe the last ten years, or more, were even full of trials. We see absolutely no way to move forward.

Well, our past does not have to define our future. Whatever has held us back, 2017 signals a chance to start over.We may not have been given many breaks, but better opportunities could be on the horizon. For instance, I got a new job and a new car this year. I also found a solution for my main health problem, which means surgery won’t be necessary.

Don’t get me wrong; daily life is a constant struggle for many reasons. There are a number of issues that cannot be fixed immediately. I have to take life one step at a time, and each one is often painful. I still choose to press beyond my trials. I can’t give up because too many people are counting on me.

Progress is a Choice

Every person has two options in life: move forward or move backward.If we decline to make a decision, we’ll probably slide backward.  That’s because shooting for victory is hard work. Success doesn’t just happen automatically.

Look to the Future

There’s a reason why the side-view mirrors on vehicles are small. We aren’t supposed to drive while looking behind us. That would be dangerous and impractical.

Front windshields, on the other hand, cover the entire width of the automobile. We must be aware of what’s ahead of us when we drive. That’s our area of focus. The same is true of life. To be mentally healthy and productive, an individual must concentrate on the future, not dwell on the past.

Quotes on Pressing Forward

“The past was always there, lived inside of you, and it helped to make you who you were. But it had to be placed in perspective. The past could not dominate the future.”—Barbara Taylor Bradford, Unexpected Blessings

“The past can’t hurt you anymore, not unless you let it.”—Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”—Soren Kierkergaard

“You can’t go forward looking backward.”—Joel Osteen

“Drop it. Leave it. Let it go.”—Joel Osteen

My Conclusion

“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 (NIV)
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