The New Year is a wonderful time to let go of the past and look to the future. Most of us have past regrets we would like to let go of. And truth be told, most of us have some anxieties over the future. But God comes to us with a wonderful word of promise. God has a plan and purpose for our lives, even though we often only catch glimpses of it as it unfolds. But even more important, because of God’s presence with us, we can be confident that when we need God’s strength we can lean into his arms and trust his power and provision. The words of Jeremiah are such an encouragement, particularly for anyone with regrets over the past or anxiety over the future.
(Jer. 29:11–14 NIV11) “11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “”
Lord, help me to trust your plans and purposes for my life. Help me to let go of my past and give it to you. Forgive my shortcomings and wash my life anew. Bless the seeds that I have planted that they may grow and bear good fruit for your kingdom. In all things may I be a witness for you and reflect your light in a world in need of hope that only you can truly give, amen.
Dr TJ Jenney, PhD
Dr. T. J. Jenney, Ph.D. is a seasoned pastor and leader who has served churches as well as served as a campus minister and chaplain for police and fire departments as well as the Air Force Auxiliary. Dr. Jenney also served as a faculty member at Purdue University, serving as an adjunct professor in Organizational Leadership. His experience includes serving as a president and CEO of non-profit organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Higher Education Administration from Purdue and an M.Div and an S.T.M. from Yale University. He served as a contributing editor of William B. Eerdmans Bible Dictionary (1989) and Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000), as well as written articles for journals.