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Rev. Gilbert

& Melba Davila

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2017 Facing the Future, Finding Peace


"Stand at the crossroads and look.  Ask which paths are the old, reliable paths.  Ask which way leads to blessings.  Live that way, and find a resting place for yourselves." - Jeremiah 6:16


We stand at the crossroad today, the start of a new year.  Look - take time to be deliberate with your next step.  The past is gone – the future is now. Question the choices before you, pray for guidance, go for the path that will please God – and you will be able to walk through a new year in peace.


After the holiday season, the hustle and bustle, the stress and speed to the close of the year, we so often rush right into the new year like an unending treadmill. Resolutions are made, goals set and we’re back on tracks again, going to the same places we’ve been before, slowing down only for disappointment along the way.  What if we tried a new strategy? Instead of charging forward, what if we stopped – for just a while – and made space in our lives to tap into the peace of God. A peace we need to help us make better plans, to guide us to greater goals and provide us with the power to succeed.  Peace is a force that surrounds us, flows through us and binds us together with others who are also still enough to touch, not like protons and neutrons vibrating wildly around a nucleus trying not to crash. So be at peace with others and with yourself.  It is in the stillness that gratitude will wash over us - a peaceful place indeed.


Unfortunately, real transformation for the future can't exist with baggage of the past.  Can we "forgive and forget" – really putting the past out of heart and mind? It is not so easy. Even Christians, forgiven by the personal touch of the Savior, may not be able to forgive themselves – ourselves - for painful mistakes, accidental offenses, or intentional hurts. Perhaps there are others that will not let us forget, but remember those that the Son has set free are free indeed. It's not too late to give yourself the gift of forgiveness this year.  It is the only way to truly start the New Year as a new creature in Christ.


Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus as Lord. This time of year inevitably brings reflection on the passing of time, wins and losses, that which we count as credit or debit in the balance of our life.  Are possessions all we have gained this year?  Is a purchase your most memorable moment? Not likely. Things that seemed so important at the time, so quickly lose their luster. The moments that matter, are those that can’t be bought, don’t wear out with use, won’t expire or require an extended warranty.  In hindsight, the highest value is found in time spent with loved ones, a new life, a final good-bye, blessings completely unlooked for and undeserved. These are what matter in not just the past year, but throughout a lifetime. As the new year arrives, remember to put your efforts into what will really matter most.


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The arms of Community Bible Fellowship are always open to connect you and your family with our church family. You are invited to come to our house for worship Sunday mornings or any time online at http://www.austincbf.org/local.html or http://www.fcogaustin.org/.


Find our Pastor Gilbert Davila in the Christians Broadcasting Hope ministry in Spanish at http://www.hermandadcristiana.org/


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