New Year. New Goals. New Purpose?

Goals 2017 PixabayHappy New Year, dear Christian Writer’s Den friends!

I can’t believe I just said that. It seems only a few months ago that I wrote last year’s greeting and yet, 2017 is here. How did that happen?

Let’s face it, in reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the new one, it’s easy to get discouraged. It’s easy to focus on all the things we didn’t get done that we had planned. Some of those unfulfilled plans are because of our own failures or distractions. Others are the result of changing seasons in life. But regardless of the reason, when another year dawns and we haven’t reached the previous year’s goals, it’s easy to feel like a failure. The focus is on what we didn’t get done.

That’s not what God wants us to focus on. If we’ve given our lives to Him and are seeking to serve and obey Him, He has a plan for our lives, our ministries, and our businesses. Sometimes it’s the same plan we have. Sometimes it isn’t.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

His plan is the right plan for us . . . every year.

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts in 2017.


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  • Cindy Patterson

    Happy New Year, Vonda. May God bless richly bless you and your family throughout this year!!

  • Tracey Garrell

    Thank you for this verse Vonda, heard loud and clear. Perhaps this is the verse many of us can claim as we enter a new year of our own goals, expectations and pursuits. May we humbly submit to the Lord because His ways are best!
    Isaiah 55:9, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.”

  • Kristi Woods

    Happy New Year, Vonda.

  • Thank you, Vonda, for this encouragement. You are an unfailing servant in the Lord’s army. Sometimes His goals for our life do not jibe with our stated goals. But when the goal is to be His faithful servant, you succeed beautifully – full measure and running over. May you be blessed mightily in 2017.