Goodbye 2017 and hello 2018! Another year is behind us, and a brand-new year, brimming with possibilities, lies ahead. If last year was a difficult one, we may be glad to see the end of it, but there are probably many who are peering into the new year with lack of confidence, trepidation, and even worry.

Maybe we can’t see the way ahead clearly—or we’re unsure if our path is even leading anywhere—but as we press forward, we may very well discover that God has gone ahead and already prepared the way. Feel the anticipation in God’s voice in this passage from Isaiah: “Forget what happened long ago! Don’t think about the past. I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it? I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands.” 1

It’s impossible to drive life’s road without sometimes hitting bumps of regrets, disappointments, and tragedies, and when we do, it’s easy to get stuck. But God wants each of us to move on toward the future He has planned. It’s a future filled with hope 2—but to get there, we have to be bold and take steps forward, keeping our eyes on Jesus, “who leads us and makes our faith complete.” 3

From all of us at Activated, may God bless you and may the coming year be your happiest and best yet.

  1. Isaiah 43:18–19 CEV
  2. See Jeremiah 29:11.
  3. Hebrews 12:2 CEV