by Steve Wagers

We've Come Too Far to Turn Back Now!
Steve N. Wagers
Philippians 3:12-14

1. What Will HELP Us!
A) An Honest Admission
B) A Holy Ambition
2. What Can HINDER Us!
A) Forgetful of What is Behind Us
B) Focused on What is Before Us
3. What Must HOLD Us!
A) The Goal He Saw
B) The Glory He Sought

I read this week of someone's wishes for a New Year.

May your hair, your teeth, your face-lift, your abs, and your stocks not fall; and may your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count and your mortgage interest not rise.

May you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, your cardiologist, your gastroenterologist, your urologist, your proctologist, your podiatrist, your psychiatrist, your plumber, and the IRS.

May you find a way to travel from anywhere to anywhere during rush hour in less than an hour, and when you get there may you find a parking space.

To leave the old with a burst of song;
To recall the right and forgive the wrong;
To forget the things that bind you fast
To the vain regrets of the year that's past;

To have the strength to let go your hold
Of the not worth while of the days grown old;
To dare go forth with a purpose true,
To the unknown task of the year that's new;

To help your brother along the road,
To do his work and lift his load;
To add your gift to the world's good cheer,
Is to have and to give a Happy New Year.

The Italians are famous for their New Year's Eve tradition. As midnight approaches, the streets are clear, there is no traffic, no pedestrians, and no policemen. At the stroke of 12, the windows of the house fly open. To the sound of laughter, music, and fireworks, each member of the family pitches out old crockery, detested ornaments, hated furniture, and a whole catalogue of personal possessions which remind them of something in the past year they determine to wipe out of their minds. It's a night where it's 'out with the old' and 'in with the new.'

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