A Word from the Women's Bible Study
By Dar Stucke
I’m not saying I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—-to Jesus. I’m off and running and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. Philippians 3:12-14 (The Message)
It’s almost a new year. January 2021 is just around the corner. Sometimes January is called the two faced month of Janus. The old Romans, who did not even know our God, must have had some glimpse of truth when they gave their God, Janus two faces. One face is for looking backward and one face is for looking ahead. That backward looking face is mostly useless. There is no sense in looking backwards to this past year. Some of it was a horrific struggle we would do well to put in the past. Yes, sometimes we stumbled and failed God. This Covid catastrophe has not been a pleasant time for anybody. That forward looking face is the one deserving of our concentration.
Here ahead of us lies a whole, new, fresh, uncluttered year. The challenge that awaits us now is to press on to the goal—to look for ways to serve God as our year unfolds. Perseverance, pressing forward, not complacency and status quo acceptance is what will enable us to grow nearer to the person that God wants us to be. God has given us eyes to see, ears to hear, hands and minds to do with, and a whole new year in which to accomplish it. Are we ready and willing to accept His challenge today?
Dear Lord, Thank you for another new year. We accept your challenge and eagerly await whatever it brings. Help us to allow You to bring out the very best You have put into us. But let’s walk hand in hand, and please hold on tightly, especially when we try to veer off in our own direction without You. In Jesus name. Amen