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Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Key to Moving Forward in the New Year

It's a New Year. Are you excited about the possibilities, the adventures and the good things that lie ahead? Are you ready to start afresh and anew? Or are you holding on to the pains, the disappointments, or the injustices of the past?  Is there any regret, unforgiveness, or resentment in your heart? Put in other terms, are you still carrying baggage from yesterday?

Bad things happen to all of us and negative feelings have a way of creeping into our lives, settling there, and keeping us stuck. Here's a story of what happened to one woman when she chose to look back.

Sodom was once a rich and flourishing city. People were enjoying their wealth and bounty but somewhere along the line, they strayed from God and his principles of right living. They chose to do abominable practices, worship false idols, and live a life of sin. God looked down upon this city and said "Enough". But there was one family living there who were from the lineage of Abraham and were to be spared - the family of Lot.

Two angels were sent to escort the family out of the city before the great destruction.
"Hurry," they said to Lot. "Take your wife and your two daughters who are here. Get out right now, or you will be swept away in the destruction of the city!" (Gen 19:14). 

Lot hesitated so the angels grabbed his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters and rushed them safely outside the city. They left the family with this order:
"Run for your lives and don't look back or stop anywhere in the valley!" (Gen. 19:17)

When the family reached a small village far enough away, the Lord rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky on Sodom and Gomorrah. He utterly destroyed all the people and the vegetation.But Lot's wife did not obey the angel's command and she looked back. Immediately she turned into a pillar of salt.

There are many lessons in this story but the one I want to leave you with today is this. Sometimes God takes us out of places and situations that are not good for us. We may not be ready to go and we not want to go. We get comfortable where we are. But when God says it's time to go, it's time to go. We may not understand why God takes things or people away, but we can trust that when he takes something away, He always has something better in store for us.

Like Lot's wife, we. too, can turn into a pillar of salt. Fear, regret, and resentment will immobilize us and prevent us from moving forward into the destiny that is ours. If we want to move forward in the New Year, it is critical to start with a clean slate and let go of the past. What's done is done. Forgive anyone who hurt you. Forgive yourself and forgive God. Know that we don't always understand God's ways yet trust that His ways are higher than our ways.

We each have a destiny and it is never to late too find it. What it is that you may be holding on to that God is telling you to let go of? Is it a relationship? A job? A loss? Someone once said, "Don't put a question mark where God has put a period" and that is so true. When one door closes, another always opens if we are truly ready to walk through it. 

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Until next time, don't look back. Instead, keep looking up!