We should be used to it, y’all. It happens every single year.
What, you ask? The fact that Satan can’t STAND when you start your year out with new goals and a fresh mindset. It makes him so irate, because he knows that when you’re focusing on what’s ahead, you are pretty unbelievable.
So every year, he pulls the same stunt. His tricks aren’t new. He tempts you to be resentful, whether that be towards yourself or someone else, he begs you to be bitter.
He starts the victim soundtrack and keeps it rollin’ in your head. He reminds you of points of contention, hoping you will work yourself into a frenzy and go right back to that place. He drums up whatever he can to keep you in the weeds of what was because he is so terrified of what can be.
And honestly, it can sound rather appealing in some moments. Or not even appealing, but rather, comfortable. It’s our nature to want to hold onto what’s hurt us, to make others pay for the wrongs they’ve extended to us, or to remain in our shame and our own self-resentment for the mistakes we’ve made.
Distraction, that’s his hope.
But don’t you know? Haven’t you read and been told and been reminded of the truth? That your future isn’t behind you. While reflecting and gleaning from the past is wise, it is simply foolish to live there.
With all these great goals you’re setting, maybe do a heart-check and make sure you’re not carrying any baggage into the new year either. It’s weighing you down friend and you have places to go!
Extend grace freely and run your race with your gaze fixed ahead. And when you’re tempted to pick that burden back up, recalibrate. 2018 isn’t a year you want to keep those, time to let ‘em go.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” -Hebrews 12:1
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” -Lamentations 3:21-23