Happy New Year!! We've officially made it to 2017! Praise God!
I'm not going to get on my soapbox and preach today, but I do want to tell you that God placed two words - two small words - on my heart for 2017. At first I assumed that maybe this was His personal word for me, but after hearing confirmation from a number of different places, I feel that this word is intended for everyone.
What are those two words?
That's it. Just be intentional. In all of your efforts throughout this year, I want to encourage you to just be intentional. God was intentional when He created you, so why shouldn't we be intentional in how we live the life He gave us?
God wants us to do things genuinely, not for surface value. Don't help someone so others can see you or because you want a reward; do it because it is the right thing to do and because it's what God charges us as Christians to do.
Do everything this year with the thought that your reward will be waiting for you in Heaven.
Keep Matthew 6:9-13, The Lord's Prayer, in mind throughout the year.