Then & Now - Week of January 2


Start Right Now
Philippians 3:13

Was 2016 a good year for you? Maybe it was, but maybe it wasn't. Maybe 2016 was a year filled with poor choices or unfortunate circumstances.

I want to challenge you with this one thought: forget 2016 and start right here.

One of the cool things about a new year is that it gives us an opportunity to evaluate our lives and move forward with a fresh start.

Maybe you're life up until now has been sad, or bad, or boring. I don't know. But I know this. You have a choice. You can wallow in the past, living with regret and shame and anger. Or you can decide that the past is the past and can't be rewritten. You can determine to start right now for God and see Him work in your life.

Life is a series of restarts. Ask Joseph, who really didn't envision his life ending up in Egypt as a slave or in prison for rape. Joseph could have given up at each of those unfair moments. But he didn't. He knew God was with him and he decided to make the best of what God put before him at that time.

The enemy wants you to think that you're life is over, that there is nothing redeeming at all, and that you might as well give up and live for yourself.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Nothing at all. So what if you're not on Plan A or even Plan B. God delights in giving second, third, fourth, and umpteen chances. Most of us are on Plan Z right now anyways.

So as 2017 approaches, decide right now that you're going to bury 2016 and follow God in 2017.

Daniel Darling is an author, pastor, and public speaker. His latest book is Crash Course, Forming a Faith Foundation for Life. Visit him on Facebook by clicking here, follow on him on Twitter at, or check out his website:

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