be up to date!2
The word for the closing and opening years should be “Up to Date.” We need not sit down in tears over the past which is gone. We had better be on our feet for a move forward. We must some way bring our past up to date, settled, canceled, cleared up to the present, or we will not have a fair start for the New Year. The sooner we actually get our whole past under the blood, certainly, and surely, and have witness to the same, the sooner we will be ready for our tomorrow. We need to be paid up to date and prayed up, and forgiven up, and cleansed up to date, and consecrated up to the same point.
We need to forgive ourselves, and to forgive others, and to carry no old grudges any farther along our pathway. What if there are old scores that are never paid us? Why not put them where our worry over them is at an end? What have we to do with an old past anyway? It has gone forever out of our hands. We cannot unsay what we have said, or undo what we have done, nor even unthink what we have thought. Our tears we cannot recall. Our wishes and desires that never come true are all in the unreachable past. Our hopes and fears are all there, too. Let us quit and begin over again. We are to open a new account with no old scores unpaid. No debts or credits to begin with. This means to be up to date, really.
Then the best possible thing for the tomorrow is only to keep the same motto. To keep prayed up, and forgiven up, and consecrated up to date, is the securing of a line of eternal tomorrows. The laggard is the loser. To run in debt is never to succeed. I mean in the higher sense—in the realm of the spiritual. If you want to be happy, have no unforgiven sin. If you wish to shine, have no old scores unsettled. A clean heart, a conscience void of offense, and a soul bent on getting the best is one who keeps up to date; that is, keeps pace with his light and opportunities. Reader, write it as your motto for the closing and the opening year:
“Up to Date!”
- The text itself is public domain. This article originally appeared in Isaiah Reid's column of the December 31, 1903 edition of Christian Witness and Advocate of Bible Holiness. It was transcribed by Jim Kerwin, biographer of Isaiah Reid, and co-edited and emended with Denise Kerwin. Annotations and emendations are copyright © 2019 by Jim Kerwin. ↩
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