Our best days are ahead. Therefore forsake your trophies and your failures. The things of this world are fleeting ... this too shall pass ... that which is seen is temporal but that which is unseen is eternal. If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, all things have become new. He has reconciled us unto himself and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Therefore we now have peace with God, having been reconciled back to God through the price paid by Jesus Christ on our behalf. Our country values freedom. However, freedom isn't free. Some say that freedom is priceless ... it's price is far above the price of diamonds and gold. The price of freedom from sin was paid for by the precious and priceless blood of the Lamb of God, our Savior Jesus Christ.
Focusing on the problem of sin and dwelling on debt and transgression digs us deeper into the hole of condemnation. Jesus Christ is the solution to the problem of sin. Therefore look not on the things of the world. For what the commandments could not do in that they were weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin condemned sin in the flesh that we may be made the righteousness of God in him. Our father has called us to his mercy, grace, and peace through the supreme payment of the sinless sacrifice of the innocent blood of his son Jesus Christ.
Morning has broken, like the first morning ... God's re-creation on the new day. Our best days are yet before us.
May God richly bless you in 2017.
Your brother in Christ, Michael