God started a work in your life and will perform that work until the day of Jesus Christ.  He is moving you to maturity, positioning you for perfection, and sustaining you for sanctification.  To live this year will mean embracing grace and growth.  Simply said, God is not finished with you yet.  God intends to move you towards the best spiritual reality of your life.  The variable in 2017 is not God; His supply of grace continuously enables the believer. Our receptivity is sporadic, and there lies the problem.

How can this year be your best?  First, take an honest look at your life.  Haggai prophetically thundered: consider your ways.  Few utilize the art of self-reflection in order to position and reposition.  Evaluate your walk with God, your family, your church and your work life.  Ask for help. Everyone can take steps to become closer to God and be better positioned to meet the demands of a new year.

Second, establish priorities and ruthlessly elevate and protect them.  Your relationship with God needs to be in a category without rival, in your heart and life.  Time with God is essential for the relationship to deepen and develop.  Give God unhindered access to your heart, soul, mind, and body.  Rigorously prepare for and protect your time with God.  Devotion, meditation, reflection, fasting, prayer, and even worship time with God can be fruits of this prioritization.  I suggest that you place your family second on your priority list behind your relationship with God.  Every day you must fight for your marriage and for your kids. Then look at your church participation and your vocational involvement.  Be careful or you will build your priorities backward: job first, relationships second, and God last.  Life flows out of your relationship with God.

Third, cut the clutter out of your life that prevents you from being who God has called you to be and from doing what God has called you to do.  A gardener weeds and prunes as well as fertilizes and cultivates.  Few Christians weed and prune their: relationships, time, thought life, or spending.

If you want 2017 to be your best year, then make some simple changes based on an honest evaluation.  For it is God who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure!


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