I was born in 1977 and grew up in the 1980’s. Our heroes were Buck Rogers, Luke Skywalker, and the Robinson family from Lost in Space (the original). It always seemed that, during that period in our culture, we were a little obsessed with the year 2020.

And now here we are. We assumed that by now there would be video phones, flying cars, and artificial intelligence enabled robots. We have all three of these, though the cars and robots aren’t quite mainstream yet.

There’s nothing magical about the year 2020, or about New Year’s Day. Every day contains twenty-four hours. But psychologically, there’s something about saying goodbye to one year, or even to a decade, and entering a new one that prompts us to desire change in our lives. We think of these moments as before-and-after opportunities to leave things behind and pick up new things.

The Apostle Paul wrote about this exchanging of the past for the blessings of the future.

I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover.

~ Philippians 3:12 TPT

Paul was saying, “I’m not finished yet, but I’m pushing forward.” And this followed his statement about leaving behind both the accomplishments and struggles of his past.

Today is as good as any to take inventory of what needs to be placed on an altar. Forgetting our successes prevents us from basking in the fading glory of the old days and wake up to new, unfulfilled dreams. And forgetting our past failures frees us from the bondage that has long held us back.

As you run with passion to pursue God’s purpose for your life, what needs to be left behind? And what do you need to embrace?

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