The end of 2016 is almost here. Time to think about the year just past. Time to plan for the year ahead.
When I look back over 2016, some decisions bring a wry smile. Some were surprises that I never expected. If someone had told me at the end of 2015 that I would have a business license by the end of 2016, I would have choked with laughter. The last thing I ever wanted to be was a small business owner.
But sometimes God calls us to do something, and to get that done means we have to learn new skills and step out into unknown territory. I feel His call to write novels about human conflict and difficult friendships that grow into love as characters discover their own faith in Christ. He’s also called me to use them to support orphans overseas. To keep the rights to the novels so we can do that in creative ways, I’ve had to become an independent publisher. That’s both exciting and more than a little scary.
But if God is calling us to the work, shouldn’t we be eager to do it?
When that new direction seems a bit overwhelming, it helps to remember God’s words to Jeremiah.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)
Sometimes God’s plan for us is something we never dreamed we’d be doing. Sometimes it’s simply doing more of what we’re already doing. More often, it’s a mix of the two, but whatever it is, He loves to bless us in the effort. He will listen to our prayers and be with us when we seek Him.
Each time I face something that seems scary to start, I need to remind myself of His promises. Keeping my eyes on them calms the fears and gives me courage to take that next big step forward.
Is God calling you to something different in 2017? Are you ready to embrace the challenge?