Here we come to year-end and dawning of the next. Let us look back and remember. Remember the stumblings and remember the wonders of our God. Remember the pain – it may well come again – and remember the wonders of our God.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them in order to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual culture for the future. …
As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, unremembering delight, nor with the flight of impulsive thoughtlessness, but with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays present irreparable things to us; it is true that we have lost opportunities which will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughfulness for the future. Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ.
Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him.
Let us remember. Remember the morrow is a gift, today is akin to eternity, and yesterday is the reminder. I finished reading The Lord of the Rings today. May these words of Gandalf encourage us all as we step out into each new day.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.
Let us look within, let us look without, and let us live this moment for the fields that we know.