It is the first day of a New Year!
Thus starts my focused quest to find out to discover who God wants me to be in 2017.
I think its best to start with asking God that question directly. Matthew 10:39 states, "If your first concern is to look after yourself, you'll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you'll find both yourself and me" (paraphrased in The Message).
Perfect so I will look first to God to discover the gifts he gave me.
John Thomas writes in part 3 of the article What's God's Will For My Life this advice: "Discovering these gifts can be a bit of an art form. Of course, experience is one of the best indicators. As you look back over your life, what are the things that have energized you, tasks or activities that make you "come alive"?
Alternatively, what are the things that have drained the life out of you? Are there any underlying themes that rise to the surface? The key is finding out what is it about you, and what is it about those tasks and activities, that make for the connection or disconnection. Your answers to those questions will help you begin to recognize some general ideas about your design."
What are the things that have energized you, tasks or activities that make you "come alive"?
What are the things that have drained the life out of you?
That is a great place to start today. As I move through this day I will ponder these questions and share the answers as they surface. Perhaps you might want to ask yourself the same questions too.
May your day be filled promise of good things to come.