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Points to Ponder: Summing up who you are

Points to Ponder
Summing up who you are
By Pastor Whitmore
Weekly Contributing Writer

Someone has said that you are the sum total of every decision you've ever made. Other people's decisions impact you, but still it is you who decides what to do about it. Certainly as the years accumulate in the rearview mirror, we will forget many significant events. And there are some we want to forget. But still each event in your life's journey has taken its place in that sum total of what you have done. Your past is forever a part of the present. Consider that phrase again:
Your past is forever a part of the present.
How many of us personalize the past; "my past," "your past." And the present is an objective thing we all share: "the present." We deal with all of our yesterdays in the present. And how much real time do we waste allowing something that's behind us to thwart what is directly in front of us? At this time of new beginning, before it becomes too old, take stock of your life. A year is just a number. Are you any different or better with a new number? Next year, at this time, you'll be glad it's old and gone. But where will you be then? Who will you have become?
Think it through: you can only change your past before it becomes past. The direction in which your life is heading doesn't happen to you, but with you. You are the sum total of all the decisions you have ever made. Is it time to make a new decision? Begin with asking God for His perspective. If you are seeing things from the wrong angle, how much are you missing? If you live through today by always looking behind you, what can you change? What true satisfaction or peace can you find by always dwelling on what you can't change while failing to claim the present moment, which is fresh and new?
Do you know the Lord? He is the One constant in a world full of change and crisis and uncertainty.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
As you encounter time in the newness of each day, how will you approach this year? If you know the Lord, will you seek to grow deeper in your walk with Him? What will ever change for the better if you aren't seeing through His eyes all that life can be?
"See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is" (Ephesians 5:15-17).
Seek to understand that, and you are in for an adventure this year.

Hilltop Christian Fellowship, 12624 Trinity Church Drive, Clear Spring. Listen to Rev. Whitmore on WJEJ-1240 AM, Tues and Thurs at 10:45 a.m. & p.m. & Wed at 10:45 a.m.

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