There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. (C. S. Lewis, late literary critic)

We have just said good bye to a year packed full of many surprises, and we greet an as-yet-unknown 12 months. We shouldn’t spend too long looking back; we must forget the hard things and, while grateful for the good experiences, it’s time to face forward and focus on the future. If we live faithfully and honorably, 2018 will be an even better year.

Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)