Almost three years ago, I began the most classic of daily devotionals: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. My initial intention was to read one page every day, as intended, but it turned out I read one every few days (hello, two babies, new jobs, another international move, etc.!) — thus finishing almost exactly three years later.

I foresee myself referencing it from time to time and will probably do a more formal book review soon, as is my custom, but I can’t help but share a couple snippets with you today. In his December 31 entry entitled, “Yesterday,” Chambers encourages us to enter the new year with wisdom and hope:

At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow security in the present…

…As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, nor with the quickness of impulsive thoughtlessness. But let us go out with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ. Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.

Amen.