Looking forward

Entering a new year is a good time to take stock. Somehow this change of the last digit of the date gives us the feeling of having a fresh start.

Self-analysis is a practice some find easy and others find hard. I’m more at the end of the spectrum where it’s a challenging exercise.

As I (ironically) did a little self-analysis to figure out why that’s true, I remembered that I love to deal with what’s in front of me at the moment rather than focus on the future. The Meyers-Briggs test reveals that people are different in that spectrum – and it’s OK to be oriented one way or the other.

Of course, it’s good to stretch ourselves. Growth happens through expanding our capacities. But obviously, a bird will never be able to swim like a fish. And a flying fish has very limited flight capabilities.

The one thing I know that applies to everyone as we start the new year is that we can’t let our past failures rule our thoughts.

Paul said this in Philippians 3: “… I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

So let’s forget about what we lost and how we failed in 2017. Let’s enjoy being a carrier of God’s blessings in 2018.


Paul Merrill writes here every first Friday.