Thoughts for the New Year

Paul said in Philippians 3:13b-14, “...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.” NLT

That sounds like pretty good advice to me. As we step into 2021, there are many things we can’t control. Do I need to list them? I think not! There is one thing I can control--my thought life, my perspective, how I look at things.

In Philippians 2:5, Paul says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…” I can’t see Jesus coming unraveled or unglued because we live in chaotic, ever-changing times. I see His resting in faith depending on His Heavenly Father's provision and protection.

So, with God’s help, I plan to face the uncertainties of the future knowing God is in control, and He can and will take care of His people.

I invite you to take this journey with me. Yes, I will be tempted to slip back into the doldrums and give in to the negativity of our times, but that will be an opportunity to bury myself in the scriptures and immerse myself in prayer.

Don’t think for one moment that you will glide through the new year without a challenge to your mental acumen or your emotional stability. When you face these challenges, remember: pray, don’t panic -- exercise faith, not fear.

In Christian Love,
Pastor Perry