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Finishing 2021 Well...

Updated: Feb 14, 2022

2021 is far from over… but is it? As of today, there are 57 days left in the year. In some passing conversations I’ve heard this next season coming up not only being labeled as the “Holiday Season,” but the “Busy Season.” During the next two months we practice thankfulness and celebrate Jesus! These are truly the best times! However, sometimes through the endless list of tasks to be done, school, sports seasons starting or ending, or the demands of our workplace to meet year-end goals, we can lose sight of what matters most.

Often times when we are busy with the demands that life throws our way, we set aside the most important things. Things like time with God or quality time with those around us. What if it didn’t have to be this way? What if we look to prioritize our time with God and those around us throughout what could be the “Busy Season?” This might look like re-arranging schedules, re-setting our priorities, or even saying “no” to some good things. All this in effort to keep our focus fixed on what matters most.

What’s fun about following God is that He doesn’t leave us on our own to get through seasons of life like this. God is our ever-present help (Psalm 46:1) and even so graciously gives us the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into His everlasting truth.

As I was thinking of this season coming up, I couldn’t help but reflect on Psalm 23. In this Psalm, David is writing about his relationship with God. In Psalm 23:3, David writes, “He renews my strength, He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name.” If you know much about David’s story, this is sooooooo true (extra o’s for emphasis)!

This is true for us, too! God passionately pursues a relationship with us and, by His Holy Spirit, renews our strength and guides us along right paths. All to bring honor to His name. In this next season to come we can lean on God to give us strength to prioritize the things that matter most. We can lean on God to lead us along right paths.

Be encouraged that over these next 57 days you have the opportunity to engage in everyday moments with God, family and friends, and others God places in your path. Take a moment, even right now, to ask God to renew your strength and lead you in steps to be intentional about each moment you are given.

God still wants to use you to bring honor to His name in 2021!

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