Thanksgiving, Christmas and a New Year

Instead of posting an article for each of these holidays I decided to make one combined post. The first thing I want to mention is the one thing I’m most thankful for, Jesus. God loved us so much that He sent His one and only Son to die for our sins. A son who was blameless and perfect. Someone who never deserved to be beaten and murdered. But God sent Him anyways because His love for us is greater than we could ever fathom. I know 2016 might not have been the year you wanted it to be but God still loves you. No matter what happens, His loves will never waver, never change, never lessen. That is defiantly something to be thankful for.

So as 2017 is just around the bend. It is a great time to thank God for all He has done for us. After all, that is the whole reason I started this blog. To redeem a small piece of the vision that God has for us. To lead us to become better stewards of our finances. In essence the Christian life boils down to stewardship. Managing everything that God has given us responsibly. The one area that I’m most passionate about, the area I think we need desperate help in, is our finances. No matter how your financial situation went in 2016, 2017 is a new year. A time for new beginnings. A time to finally create and stick to a budget. A time to finally get out of debt. A time to finally start tithing. A time to finally support that charity you always wanted to support. It is a time to allow God to reign over your finances because your money is actually His money.

We are only stewards of what God has given us, including our finances. Nothing we have is ours. Not our talents, family, health, finances, none it is ours. It is only given to us because God loves us. Despite our sin, despite our depravity, His blessings never end. Beyond all we could fathom and infinitely more than we deserve.

2017 is a blank slate and a time to start anew in any and all areas of life. That being said, I’ve never been a big fan of creating New Year resolutions or goals in general. It turns our focus internally on what we can do. Often times things are out of our control and even if they were under our control we tend to loose interest no matter how passionate we are on day one. I much prefer a prayerful seeking of God’s will. To first sit down and think about all the blessings you’ve had in the past year and thank God for each of those blessings. Then pray for insight on where He wants you to head in the upcoming year. What areas is He leading you to change, improve on or start? At the end of the day we have to take the initiative to act but too often we focus on doing something, anything really, when we should be focusing on whatever task God has laid before us. There is a big difference between the two.

Anytime a New Year rolls around it is an exciting time. It is a great time to refocus our attention and reconnect with God. I have no idea what He is calling you to do when it comes to your finances or any other are in your life. But the simple fact that your still on this Earth means He has work for you to do. Now is the best time to get started and to make 2017 awesome. God loves you so much, He is waiting and ready whenever you are.

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