First Things First

Here we go again! New year, new plans, and new resolutions. Or maybe old resolutions. Either way, most of us are setting goals we’re expecting to accomplish this year.

How about we do things a little different? Instead of rushing to make all our plans for the year why don’t we spend some time with God first, and ask Him to show us where we should spend our time and efforts?

Every one of us has a purpose and a calling on our lives. In every season of our lives there are things that God has for us to do and pursue. How many of us can truly say we are currently making purpose moves in our lives?

This new year let’s take time to seek God’s face, ask for instructions, then go in the direction He has called us. What God has for some of us might be a drastic change like moving to a new city or starting a new job. For others it might be carving out a few hours a week to work on a new project or volunteer more. Some us know what God wants us to do but have been putting it off because we have our own ideas of what we think is best. We can’t afford to keep going wherever life takes us, or taking every opportunity that comes up just because it seems like a good idea.

We have to be intentional and strategic with how we live our lives. Let’s be strategic with how we set our goals so we can continue to work on them all year long. Let’s walk in purpose. So many people burn out or stop what they set out to succeed early on in the year. When we make our plans with God, He can give us the strength to sustain us as we work on what He has for us in this season. Let’s make sure to keep God at the center of our plans, not just when we make them but also as we execute them. God usually does not reveal the entire plan all at once. We should be diligent about keeping our ears and hearts open to the voice of God and be obedient in whatever direction He moves us all year long.

This year, let’s earnestly seek God, and go where He directs us.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

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