This is the last evening of the year!
(J.R. Miller, December 31, 1907)
This is the last evening of the year! I am trying to sum up my year's life. The days have come to me like clean, white pages — and I have tried to put upon each something beautiful to keep for me when the eternal books shall be opened.
It has been a year of opportunities. I am conscious of not having embraced them all. I have neglected duties of love, not always doing the things I should have done. I have not grown in heart-culture and spiritual life as I ought to have done. These neglects and all my sins, I humbly confess.
Yet I thank God for the past year. I cannot now change anything in it. But I want to learn lessons of experience from my failures and mistakes, and carry them forward into the new year.
I would forget the good things I have done, and try to do better things next year. No year's life, however beautiful, is beautiful enough to simply repeat — it must be improved upon. So I leave my year, with all its blots and blessings, with God, who will forget nothing worthy, and will look graciously upon my mistakes.
"One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus!" Philippians 3:13-14