WordPoints Daybook Series

Daily Affirmations of Hope and Courage

Book 4 - Reaching Forward

Daily Motivation to Move Ahead More Steadily

Reaching ForwardIs there anything about tomorrow worth reaching for? Is heaven, the highest hope of the human heart, anything more than wishful thinking? Reaching Forward contains 366 daily meditations that are designed to pull you out of the past. These readings will give you a higher vision of tomorrow, while reminding you of today’s simple duties. They will help you see a better connection between today and tomorrow.

Reaching Forward is Book 4 in the WordPoints Daybook Series. Written by Gary Henry, author of the best-selling Diligently Seeking God, each page offers a brief essay framed by scripture text and a literary quotation. Using the form of a daily devotional with one page for each day of the year, the book centers on the thought of Philippians 3:13,14: “One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Whoever you are, you’ve made mistakes. Your past is marred and broken. But you also have a future — and that future depends upon the choices you are making right now. These devotions will urge you to meet your difficulties with creativity and determination.

Reaching Forward takes us to a new place: where the elegance of classic devotion meets the tough-mindedness of today’s readers. As it probes the issues of hope, self-discipline, and courage, Reaching Forward will:

  • Challenge you to consider the idea of eternity more carefully
  • Help you to sharpen your spiritual goals
  • Encourage you to be more forward-looking
  • Show you how to use the present to build a better future
  • Motivate you to live your life more decisively

Don’t settle for what you were yesterday. Reaching Forward is a book about stretching ourselves and pressing ahead. Are you ready to reach for the better things? What about the best things?

Each book in the WordPoints Daybook Series contains “daily affirmations of hope and courage.” Standing in the centuries-old tradition of the “daybook,” these books contain a single reading for each day of the year. The idea is to use each day’s reading as the starting point for a brief, but profitable, meditation. The readings are short enough to be read by busy people (as most of us are these days), but they are ‘provocative’ and ‘suggestive’ in the highest sense. Highly concentrated, each meditation provides the foundation for deeper consideration throughout the day.

Reaching Forward will stir you up. Don’t lose another day looking backward!

Read the Preface to Reaching Forward

In Our Hearts, Do We Turn Back to Egypt? (May 19)

In Our Hearts, Do We Turn Back to Egypt? (May 19)

We should reject our pre-Christian past decisively. If thinking about “Egypt” tempts us to go back there, even if it’s just in our hearts, then we must determine not to do it. After all, it is not backward but forward that we are reaching — to the Promised Land!

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When We’re Moved by Love (May 18)

When We’re Moved by Love (May 18)

It is imperative that your activities be motivated by love, first for God and second for your neighbor. If that’s the case (and God knows whether it is or not), then discouragement will not defeat you. Other motives may falter, but “many waters cannot quench love.”

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Inevitable Return (May 17)

Inevitable Return (May 17)

In the end, will we be allowed to live with God in eternity? If we leave this life in a right relationship with God, we will hear Him say, “Enter into the joy of your lord” (Matthew 25:21). But if not, we will hear, “I never knew you; depart from Me” (Matthew 7:23).

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