How long does it take you? You know, to stop writing 2012 on your checks, your homework, your documents – and to start writing 2013? Will it be March? April? At what point does it become normal for you?
I think there’s a lesson in there actually. The truth is that many of us relive the same things every single day. Our past is always with us in the present. We have a hard time moving on, turning the page, or writing a new number. We either get hung up on our mistakes and regrets, or we get stuck dreaming and reliving some version of the “glory days” where everything was just right. Can I share something with you?
YOUR BEST DAYS ARE AHEAD OF YOU.
Seriously. It’s true. There’s nothing that happened in 2012 or 2011 or 1994 for that matter that has any say in what this year can be for you. This year is in front of you. It’s wide open. It’s full of opportunity. It’s a book of blank pages and you get to fill it up starting today.
I want to encourage you today to be intentional in 2013. Intentionally move on. Stop rewriting 2012 over again. If there’s a habit you want to develop, today is the first day of that. If there’s an addiction you want to break – today is the day to start. Get the help you need. Call someone. Tell someone.
I really believe that the best is yet to come for you and for me. I love how God says it through the Old Testament prophet Isaiah:
15 I am the Lord, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator and King. 16 I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea. 17 I called forth the mighty army of Egypt with all its chariots and horses. I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned, their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick. 18 “But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. 19 For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. – Isaiah 43
It’s as if God is saying – “Remember all that cool stuff I did before? Yeah, it was cool. Now forget about that and get ready for what’s next.”
Get ready. This is the year. No more reliving the past. Beginning today – embrace the story you were meant to live, and get after it.