I don’t know about you, but my inbox has been jammed with emails about making 2017 a great year. Nothing in and of itself wrong with that goal. But I’ve deleted those emails without reading them.
This year I won’t be setting goals the way I have in the past.
Normally I review my year and set new goals during December. But as my regular readers know, a family death and health issues sidelined me for the month. I’ll be doing it this month instead. But that’s not what’s going to be different about my goals.
Like you, I want to have an amazing 2017. During most of 2016, my inbox was jammed with subject lines like “Make a 6 figure income with public speaking,” “Write and publish a children’s book this weekend,” “Become an Amazon best seller.”
Those lines appeal to our “I want it now” desires—our flesh. But that is not what God wants for us.
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5 NKJV). As Christians we don’t walk “in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you” (Romans 8:9 NKJV).
Yes, we can succeed under our own power (in the flesh), but at what cost? Our health, our family, our soul? “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:8 NKJV).
This year my goals won’t be focused on how many books I can sell, how much traffic I get to my blog, or how many new emails subscribers I add.
Instead, I will focus on how I can impact my world for God. I’ll be spending time in prayer seeking God’s guidance, asking Him what He wants me to do, to write, to edit, and to speak.
When I leave this world, I won’t take my earthly success with me, but I can store up treasure in heaven now by being the salt and light God has called me to be in this world.
He has called me to write books that help others trust Him as they walk this earth. As an editor He has called me to teach other writers to write what He has called them to write.
I am more excited about living God’s adventure for my life than I have ever been about becoming a New York Times best seller.
I know this won’t sit well with all my readers. I understand that.
Matthew 6:33 NKJV tells us to “seek first the kingdom of God” and that is what I intend to do. As I do it, I will first rest in the promise that God will provide all my needs (see Matthew 6:19-34 and Philippians 4:19). Second, I will trust Deuteronomy 8:18, which says, “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
Our Christianity is not something we put on a shelf and take down only on Sundays. We live it 24/7.
What has God called you to do and to write?
As you plan your 2017, bathe those plans in prayer. Seek God’s will for your life for there is no greater joy than living and fulfilling God’s destiny for your life. Ask for His wisdom and guidance for “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way” (Psalm 37:23 NKJV).