Thursday, December 30

Year End Finish Line

How is your year ending? With what was it filled? Which side of the scale tipped over with the most weight...the positive side or the negative side?

Each year usually brings its own blend of...

* tears and smiles
* faith and unbelief
* strength and weakness
* pride and humility
* peace and unrest
* joy and distress
* a positive attitude and a negative one
* love and hate
* forgiveness and bitterness

But each year ends a little differently.

Some years, we feel like we are riding high and we almost fly across that year-end finish line...

Jon 'ShakataGaNai' Davis
Wikimedia Commons

Sometimes, the year goes by so quickly that we feel like we zoom across the finish line as if we were in a race car...

Occasionally, the year has such a crushing effect on us that we crawl across it like Holland Reynolds...

Though each year may hold its share of trials and/or tragedies, we endure the hardships with the help of the Father. At times, we are broken and stumble in agony across the finish line as Derek Redmond (Olympics 1992), who was helped by his father...

Paul said, “What a wonderful God we have-He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials.” (2 Cor. 1:3 TLB)

Not only do we have a heavenly Father that comforts and strengthens us, we also have a heavenly host as our cheering section, as the writer of Hebrews tells us, “Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.” (Heb. 12:1 TLB)

No matter how this year played out for you, the New Year offers you a new beginning. Whatever it brings your way, the Father will carry you through it all and bring a host of others to lift you up in prayer and encourage you in your walk.

My prayer for each of you is that your back be to the contrary circumstances of the year now closing, that your feet be firmly planted in the present, that your heart be guarded with the hope of a better new year, that your hands fulfill your calling, that your feet follow the Lord’s steps in all things, that your spirit be filled with faith, joy, and thanksgiving, that your life be filled with blessings, and that you will experience a new and special touch of the Lord’s presence upon all you do.

12 Responses
  1. Tracy Krauss Says:

    Thanks for the encouragement and the 'blessing' at the end of the post. :)

  2. What a wonderful blessing. Praise God! Such a great encouragement!

  3. Toyin O. Says:

    Amen, praise God for his abiding presence this year.

  4. Beautiful post Lynn! I love the Hebrews scripture that says we have a great cloud of witnesses that "cheer" us on. How blessed we are to know there is encouragement from those brothers & sisters here on earth and in heaven! Leaving this year behind us and pressing towards a new year of opportunity in Christ is exciting! New Year's wishes and blessings to you Lynn...

  5. M. L. Archer Says:

    Wonderful thoughts to carry into the
    New Year!

  6. lynnmosher Says:

    Thanks so much, Tracy! And you're welcome! New Year's blessings to you!

  7. lynnmosher Says:

    Thank you, Kimberly! I always appreciate hearing from you! New Year's blessings to you!

  8. lynnmosher Says:

    Toyin, so nice to have you drop by. I deeply appreciate your leaving a comment. Makes my heart happy! Blessings to you in the New Year!

  9. lynnmosher Says:

    Hey, Deborah! Thanks for your support. You're such a sweet encourager! Abundant blessings to you!

  10. lynnmosher Says:

    Hey, sweet Merry Merry! Thanks so much for dropping by! I love seeing you here! You bless me! Oodles of blessings to you!

  11. Very good post! Happy New Year.

  12. Sheila Deeth Says:

    I loved this. Thank you. I know my year's ending with mixed feelings--so many good things, and equally some sad.