Looking Behind, Looking Ahead

With tinsel packed away and the holidays behind us, take a moment before your schedule resumes a breakneck pace. Remember the past. Reflect on God’s faithfulness throughout history. Think about your path with the Lord. Do you still have the passion for ministry that He poured into your heart at salvation? Do you still celebrate His grace, goodness, and faithfulness? Do you anticipate your future with hope and wonder?

As we look forward to a new year, Dr. Henry M. Morris III reminds us to look back. He says, “The Bible tries to get us to look toward the past—toward the ‘old paths’ that focused on a more personal relationship with our righteous Lord.” Dr. Morris encourages us to remember the faithfulness of our Lord—what He’s done for us, what He’s provided, and the relationship that He so freely offers.

And Henry Morris IV calls us to think about the future. To anticipate the faithfulness of the Lord in the upcoming days and years. As Mr. Morris says, “Christ called us to use our abilities and opportunities to sow, water, and reap in fruitful service to Him.” So as you reflect on your past and your future, consider how you are using your abilities in service to our Lord. What changes can you make to realign your life with His clear direction?

As a responsible Christian ministry, ICR regularly evaluates its vision, resources, events, and means of reaching out to others. We are committed to producing top-notch resources that exalt our Creator, including our latest, the Made in His Image DVD series and Guide to the Human Body. Books published by ICR are also available electronically, providing the message of creation to readers outside our own country. That’s a Fact videos have hit over 9.8 million views worldwide! We continue to hear from many of you about how Acts & Facts, Days of Praise, and Creation Science Updates (ICR.org) touch your lives daily. Our radio ministry shares biblical creation messages in hundreds of outlets across the nation, and our social media efforts reach thousands of friends and followers around the globe. The School of Biblical Apologetics (ICR.edu) trains students to understand and share biblical truth. ICR speakers present their latest findings at churches, schools, conventions, and workshops to demonstrate how science confirms Scripture.

But we need to do more. We have a vision to share God’s truth with even more people through a state-of-the-art museum that will provide a legacy for generations to come. We welcome you to partner with us in this ministry effort. Please pray for us. Tell others about the work of ICR. Consider how you can help in building the Dallas Museum of Science and Earth History.

There’s value in taking stock of where you’ve been and where you’re going. Reflection on the past can help provide clear direction for the future. Where do you want to be this time next year? Better yet, where does God want you to be? Take the time to evaluate your direction, your goals, your path—take time to be still and search God’s Word. Listen to His still, small voice during quiet moments alone.

Confidence in knowing the right path comes only from our Lord. As you reflect on the days behind you, spend time with Him to get guidance for your future. And celebrate His continual faithfulness as you focus with renewed wonder on the days ahead.

* Jayme Durant is Director of Communications at the Institute for Creation Research.

Cite this article: Jayme Durant. 2016. Looking Behind, Looking Ahead. Acts & Facts. 45 (1).

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