By Ernest Jeffries
Guest Clergy


This is the time of year when people are preparing to make New Year’s resolutions.

Many people are resolving that there will be some changes in their lives next year. Some are resolving that they are going to experience some new things. And yet others are resolving that they will break some bad habits and engage in better behavior.

Personally, I do not make New Year’s resolutions but I do set goals for the New Year.

My goals are birthed out of what I want God to do in my life in the New Year. Along with these goals comes an expectation based in who God is to me. That expectation causes me to step into the New Year rejoicing because I know that God is awesome in all of His ways, but most importantly, He loves me as his child.

Some of us have issues with moving into a New Year with a spirit of expectation because we will not let go of things that we have experienced in the past year. We hold on to the hurt, pain, challenges, unforgiveness and try to bring those things into the new place that God has prepared for us in the New Year.

We must know that what God has prepared for us is tailor-made for us. There is no room for the things of our past to occupy.

So in the spirit of Apostle Paul (Philippians 3:14), we must forget those things that are behind us and press forward. God will help us turn the page on our past and start a new chapter in the New Year. All we need to do is trust him and remember as people of God we walk by faith and not by sight.

The Rev. Ernest Jeffries is pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Davidson. He is also assistant dean of student life at Davidson College.