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Consider Your Ways

“An unintentional life accepts everything and does nothing. An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the mission of significance.”

John C. Maxwell

While reading the book of Haggai, my heart was convicted by three words: “Consider your ways” (Haggai 1:5b, 7). The prophet Haggai in verse six explains why we need to contemplate our plans: “You have sown much, and harvested little.” We can be busy doing things, yet never move forward in the destiny God has planned for us. I don’t want to be like a hamster running fast on a wheel but going nowhere. As 2019 comes to a close, there is no better time to consider our ways.

I use the end of the year to reflect back on all that God has done, to reread the promises He has spoken to me personally and to dream into the upcoming new year. I take stock of my commitments and seek God’s guidance on what to let go of and what things He wants me to add. Every “yes” requires other “no’s,” while every “no” opens up doors to possible “yeses.” I’ve learned that scaling back creates more space with Him and that big changes happen as a result of little by little consistent steps.

My verse for the year 2020 comes from Ephesians 5:15-17. “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” My word for the new year is intentionality. I don’t want to just go with the flow. Instead, I desire to live my life deliberately, determined to fulfill the purpose God created me for. My focus for the beginning of the year is to finish the revisions to my book and because of that, I will repost entries from my “Reflections from the Heart” devotional.

Holy Spirit, show me what You want me to be about and where You want my time spent. Direct me on who You want me to invest in and what that specifically looks like. Guide me in how to best take care of myself physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually. May my friendships and how I spend my free time give You glory. Infuse me Holy Spirit with more of Yourself and help me to become more like You. May Your dreams and desires become my dreams and desires.

“Nobody finishes well by accident.”

John C. Maxwell

Relevant Reflections:

  1. Take time to reflect on this past year and to dream into 2020.

  2. Prayerfully consider a Scripture verse to focus on for this next year.

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