Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | December 30, 2009

Looks for the New Year

   The month of January is named for Janus, the Roman god of gates and doorways. Janus was depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions — one to the past and one to the future. As you prepare to step across the threshold from the old year into the new, take time to look back at the previous year and to evaluate your steps. And then, look ahead to the opportunities of the New Year. But, don’t stop there. Take a moment to look in a few other directions as you begin your journey into the uncharted days of the New Year.

Look Back | As you prepare to step across the threshold into the new year, take a moment to look back. Remembering where you have come from and what you have experienced can be beneficial to you as you press ahead. When you look back you will undoubtedly see both your victories and defeats. Do not allow past victories to fill you with pride or past defeats to fill you with fear. Both can cause you to stumble! And, do take note of the many times and the many ways in which God cared for you and made provision for your welfare. Face the future with confidence that God cares about you.

Look In | As you prepare for the new year, take a moment to look in and to take inventory of any habits and attitudes that will hinder your progress in the coming year. Ask God to reveal to you all of the things that can trip you up — “the sin which so easily entangles us” (Heb. 12:1). Cast these hindrances aside like filthy rags. And then, leave them behind and avoid them like the plague as you press ahead.

Look Around | You have not made it this far all by yourself. Take a moment to look around at all who have journeyed with you this past year. Express your gratitude to those who helped you along the way and glean what you can from those who made your life difficult. Determine to do life in relationship with others in the year ahead. Don’t sail alone. Keep in mind that Satan is a pirate looking for a vessel without a fleet. Be willing to assist others who are having problems along the way and humbly receive help from others when you are in trouble or need.

Look Ahead | The most exciting thing about January is the opportunity for a fresh start, a second chance, and a new beginning. While it is not possible to go back and make a new beginning, it is possible to start now and make a new ending. As you look ahead, resolve to do better and go farther than you ever have. Press ahead with the determination to walk through new doors and gateways that will lead to exciting challenges and meaningful opportunities to love God and love people.

Look Out | Walk into the year ahead with your eyes open. Remember that Satan, our adversary, is “like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). His agenda is clearly spelled out in Scripture. Jesus said that Satan is determined “to steal, and kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). Make no mistake about it, he will do these things. So, be alert, make wise choices, guard your integrity, and pursue holiness.

Look Up | Remember to keep looking up throughout the New Year. The Psalmist declared, “To Thee I lift up my eyes, O Thou who art enthroned in the heavens!” (Ps. 123:1). You will encounter challenges, obstacles, troubles, and problems in the coming year. When you do, determine to make looking up the first thing you do instead of the last thing. God is ready and willing to help you. Look to Him for the strength, guidance, and wisdom to weather every storm, face every challenge, and overcome every obstacle.

“The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you, and give you peace” (Num. 6:24-25) throughout the coming year.


  1. Thanks, I have been read the post ‘Looks for the New Year’. This is great shares! I will learn and use as my spirituals tool box, as much I can!

    Thanks once again,
    Mortuza Biswas

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