This day is a time to look back at 2016 and reflect on what the year was like for you. How was 2016? Tough? Painful? Tiring? Great? Full? Disappointing? How would you sum it up?
It’s also a time to look ahead at 2017. What lies ahead? Are you hopeful? Fearful? Anxious? Maybe you are aware that the month of January was named for the Roman god Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions and doors and gates and time. He was pictured with two faces, one looking forward and the other backwards.
In Philippians chapter 3, Paul gives some great practical advice on dealing with the past and future. How much time do you spend dwelling on the past? Focusing on past hurts causes deep roots of bitterness that choke out joy and hope and progress. Focusing on past success causes complacency and laziness and even self righteousness. So what do we do with our past? How do we handle the future? Listen in as Pastor Steve shares from Philippians chapter three as we head into 2017!