Motives & Action

Happy New Year!

As we eagerly anticipate all that this New Year will bring, I know many people will be hoping for change. Many people will be wanting to feel better, get healthier, be happier, or whatever it is that seems to be needed for a fresh start.

I love the New Year too. Every year I find myself thinking for the last 2 weeks of December about how the year was and what I’d like to focus on.

As I prayed, two words came to my mind: Motives & Action.

The Lord reminded me that motives are going to be crucial to deciding what my priorities are this year. It is easy to have a million directions to go or a thousand things to accomplish, but what is my motive and what action will I take?

I find this to be very directly related to my 2017 word “Intentional” and that word really helped shape my year last year. God provided opportunities for me to be Intentional and when I felt myself get a little off track, that word popped back into mind.

I went to read my devotion this morning and I just had a hunch that it would be exactly appropriate and it was. It is not a devotion that is date-based so I think it’s even cooler to see that God knew I’d be reading this on the day that “motives & action” are burning in my brain!

The verse that was used was this one: All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Proverbs 16:2

This year I will be acutely aware of my motives & the action I will be taking. My motives have crystallized and it all boils down to whatever brings glory to God. My actions will all come from that.

Nope, I won’t be perfect, but here is the verse that I was thinking of:

For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13

This year you don’t have to have all the answers and you don’t even have to have the willpower or the gumption to do what you need to do. You only need to be plugged into the One who has the answers, the power and the ability to fulfill His purpose through you. What is your motive? If it’s not pure, He can create it in you. Open your heart to Him in the areas that you’ve held back. Be willing to take Action knowing that He has what you need to do it.

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen Hebrews 13:20-21


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