2017 and All It Will Bring

gxnyoltxcr8-jonathan-simcoeThis week between Christmas and the New Year has seemed extra long this year. If you’re like me then you are probably beginning to miss the routine, the normalness of life and are done with rest and the switching off. It’s starting to feel like laziness is creeping in.

So, how are the questions? Let me encourage you to grab a piece of paper, purchase a new journal or even use your phone and answer them. Take 15 minutes and think about them. Your 2016 review. What you would do. What would stop you. Your relationship with God. Put something in writing. Be brave and courageous. It helps.

Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it [Habakkuk 2:2 ESV]

It’s amazing how the simple transition from one year to another can provide an opportunity for a reset. To get back on track. To refocus and begin again.

God is on our side. He is not about second chances, He is about new beginnings. Use 2017 as that new beginning. With God at the centre of all of our hopes, our faith, our dreams – nothing is impossible with God.

Three final questions then as part of this week…in readiness for 2017 and all it will bring…

What’s your biggest challenge? What’s bugging you?

I’d be happy for you to share your thoughts but understand you may not want to. How about you let me know if you have found them useful or otherwise. Like I mentioned above, just make sure you think about them. They are big, helpful questions.

Tomorrow I will ask you one final question.

What’s Your Game Face Like?

New season.

Fresh start.


Opportunity to make some changes.

Set new expectations.

Review and refocus.


I am thankful for a God who is the God of fresh starts. Despite my best effort at times to mess it up, I am thankful that He doesn’t give up on me. I reflect on a season with some good stuff & some not so good stuff on my part.

Believing for the next 4 months to be a season of growth, for me, for my family & for Xcel Church. I am working like it depends on me & praying like it depends on God. Fresh focus and determination to give my best to God. Working on getting the rhythm right.

Working to remember this as I kick back into routine & help Jesus build His church…

God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does. We’ve finally figured it out. Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade. [Romans 3:27-28 Msg]

Game face is on. I am ready to be on the pitch and play my part.

What does your game face look like? How do you stay ready and focused for what God has for you?