Past, Present, Future
The idea of a fresh start is very exciting. We start the New Year with the ambition to create a better version of ourselves, learning from our own mistakes from the year we have just completed.
In this way, it is a time of reflection: What has been particularly special about this year? What have we achieved? On the other hand, negative thoughts can cloud our thinking: What bad things have happened? How has this year been worse than the previous ones?
I think in this way, the best question to ask ourselves after considering both the bad and the good things is: How can we make 2016 better? Perhaps resolutions would be helpful… or maybe (in my case) we still need to retry last year’s which have slipped as the year has gone on!
The easy thing to do now is to look on into the future and think… it looks great! Everything is planned out and looking perfect. The only problem is that our plans are not 100% reliable. It is easy to look on into the future and wait with anticipation for to what is to come, but the future never arrives. By the time we get there it will be present.
We also mustn’t dwell to long on what has gone. We cannot change the way things have played out in the last year. We can only hope to make things better this year.
The aim of this post is not to dampen anyone’s good plans to be a better person. What I am trying to say is that, this year, let us try to make the most of the present. Let us make daily resolutions and not give up after one slip and think, ‘oh well, I’ve failed now’ and no longer bother.
The past has already gone. The future will never come. The present is all we’ve got.
I have chosen five bible quotes which I think sum up the way I aspire to think in 2016. I hope to return to them frequently, to remind myself of the wisdom they offer.
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:18-19
But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14
‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’ – Matthew 6:34
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you… – Acts 3:19-20
I hope you enjoy the thoughts these quotes spark as much as I do. One thing they confirm for me is this:
The future is not certain. The present is. Therefore we should be really thankful for the present.
In 2016, may we be thankful for every second God has given us, and never wish any of it away.