How Will the Last Mile Shape the Next?

Here we are…at the brink between December 31 and January 1. Behind us may be a landscape of mountains or valleys, of personal highs or personal lows, of accomplishments or failures. Ahead of us lies a vast expanse of undefined terrain…the land of “What Will Be in 2022.” At this moment every year, we often focus on getting a fresh start or second chance. These are marvelous things, but there’s also value in considering how the mountains and valleys we walked through in 2021 could have prepared us, could even direct us, for a new path ahead.

What items in your backpack, gathered on the 2021 trip, should be dropped before the 2022 border?
Failure you have let define you.
So you botched a relationship, quit a job you shouldn’t have, or didn’t save as much as much money as you said you would. Failure is what you did; it is not who you are.
Regret you have allowed to paralyze you.
So you vented on social media, or to someone’s face, and wish you could take it back. You didn’t make time for the priority or person you said you would at the start of 2021. Don’t let past neglect of a responsibility or a person chain your ankles as you look to step into 2022. Empty your backpack of whatever condemns or cripples your progress in 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?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
(Isaiah 43:18-19)

Don’t let stuff in your backpack weigh you down, but DO use it to motivate and shape the new steps you take in 2022. What is the first thing you’ll do toward restoring the relationship? What decision will you take ownership of? What consequences will you take one step to overcome? How will you make the first move to pursue the right job, or the career you sense you were meant to have? How will you bridle your words today or this week so that they build up instead of tear down? What priority needs to be moved down your list so that you can spend more time on the most important responsibility or with the person to whom you truly need to give the most attention? What will you schedule on your calendar so your intentions translate to real life?

Now, you can’t do it all overnight. Pick one thing you don’t want to repeat from 2021, define the new path in 2022, and then take the next right step…and then the next…and the next. Marathons are won one step at a time. What is the best thing you can do to set your feet on and stay on your new course?

Instead of letting past failure or regret limit you, let them launch you.
Allow God to do a new thing in your life in 2022 — to give you a new life in this new year. Leave behind anything of 2021 that you could call wandering, wilderness or wasteland, but let them propel you into the wonder of walking with God as He makes all things new in 2022.

HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE & HAPPY 2022!


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