One Step Back, Two Steps (Or More) Forward

I started 2021 with a renewed outlook on life, optimistic that sometime this year COVID-19 will be behind us. I was focused, and had some good New Year’s resolutions. Things I want to do and move my life forward. Until I managed to take a step back on a few of those resolutions.

It’s easy to be bummed when you fall back to old ways and habits or, worse, fall even further back than before. But sometimes falling back isn’t so bad if it makes you even more determined to move forward. Failure can be the best road to success. But you need to learn from your failures and keep plowing ahead.

Thomas Edison was fired from his first two jobs. He supposedly failed over 1,000 times trying to invent the light bulb. We may operate on a different stage but my point is don’t let failing or falling back get you down. Learn. Reflect. Meditate. Then, plow forward. Be determined that for every step backwards, you take at least two steps forward.

New Year’s resolutions are only as good as your determination. Be determined. Don’t let failure get you down. I’m not perfect and neither are you or anyone else. We make mistakes. The lesson in life is learning from those mistakes and always making sure that you’re moving ahead.

Remember—each one of us has a special, unique purpose in life. A purpose that is only yours. A purpose that is truly God given. Find that purpose and pursue it. Don’t let any failure get in the way.

Have an OUTSTANDING week ahead!

He Is. I Am.

When Moses asked God His name, God replied, “I AM WHO I AM.” Fast forward to Paul’s letter to the Corinthians where he wrote (1 Corinthians 15:10), “But by the grace of God I am what I am.”

God is. We are—by His grace. God is everything. We are a part of that everything. Not a preordained, predestined part, but a part with many possibilities. How far we go, what part we play in God’s everything is up to us.

Make this new year of 2017 a time to realize your potential, tapping into God, the I AM of life.

Wishes for a joyful, healthy, peaceful, and blessed New Year!!!

Never Too Late to Come Home!

The truly amazing thing about God is that in His house it’s never too late to come home. No matter where you have been or what you have done, God is the prodigal father waiting for you with open arms of forgiveness. That’s the true meaning of hope in this world of ours.

New Year’s resolutions are great because a new year makes you feel like you have a clean slate. Well, with God every day is a clean slate—it’s simply never too late to come home.

Make your resolutions. Look inward and outward to make yourself a better person. But don’t ever hesitate to go home. Because God is waiting with an open, warm, and forgiving embrace.

Come home!!!

Forget the Past—God Does!

Here’s a great verse to jump forward into the New Year…

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:18:19 

The wonder and grace of God is that He forgets the past—the past year, day, and minute. Every second forward is a new step for you because it’s a new step for God. He gave us His only Son, Jesus, to save us from our sins—past, present, and future. He gave us a perpetual future of hope.

The New Year symbolizes a new beginning. However, in fact, every second of every day presents the opportunity for a new beginning.

Have a GREAT New Year. Forget your past. God does!