A New Year – 1.2.22
Jerry Beebe


Since 1981, I’ve started the year will a simple poem that reminds me of a couple things.  First of all, that I can forget what is behind and press into a new year toward what is ahead.  (Philippians 3:13)   There’s a race that must be run, there are victories to be won, and I need to be focused to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.

The second thing this poem reminds me of is my “influence.”  Even when we don’t recognize it, each of us are impacting someone else’s life.   I vividly remember how my friend Dennis Hendricks would often ask us, “how much is your sin costing me?”   We are a body and whatever we do will affect others.    So we must be careful, knowing others are impacted by our decisions.

It’s short, it’s simple.  It was on the inside of a monthly planning calendar.   Please join me this year in pondering these words as we enter 2022.

“A new year lies before you,

Like a spotless tract of snow;

Be careful how  you tred it,

For every mark will show.”