As we start a new year we sometimes like to reflect on what we have done during the past year, as they seem to slip past so quickly. 
The Apostle Paul would tell the Philippians to…. ‘forget what lies behind and reaching 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.  This is a very good text to have before us as we look forward to 2018. As Believers, we have a greater goal ahead of us, no matter what has happened before. 
I remember many years ago the late Lena Turner saying to me at the funeral of Ina Simpson, “she has beat me to it”! What an outlook to have. One of expectancy.  Longing for the day when her faith, which was considerable, is replaced by sight. 
We live in such a materialistic, fast-paced world, that sometimes our eyes are diverted to the legitimate things that clutter our busy lives, but as Believers, our eye should be like Paul’s, on the greater goal of the upward call of God. 
We believe that we are living in the last days, and the conditions in the world seem to be spiraling out of control. However, we know that God is in control, and it is His timetable that all things are running to. How great it would be if we heard the upward call during 2018!  We are reminded in Luke 17:32 to ‘remember Lot’s wife’ for good reason. She, after being told not to look back, could not resist a final glimpse of Sodom and Gomorrah, and paid for it by being turned into a pillar of salt! 
As we enter 2018, let us make a conscious effort to be less like Lot’s wife, and more like the Apostle Paul and ‘press on for the prize of the upward call of God’.  The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11 did ask us to ‘Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ’. 
We still have a job to do while we are here, witnessing and being a testimony to others, so as we look forward to whatever service we are called to do in 2018, let’s keep our eye on the goal!