ED­I­TOR’S IN­TRO­DUC­TION

some­thing new

Activated - - NEWS - Sa­muel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor

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 hope2—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.

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