Welcome to the new year. Another opportunity to reflect on the past, rejoice in it, or leave it behind. Because of a variety of unexpected events last year, I’m ready to move forward. And, I’m starting the new year with a question.

Where do I go from here?”  

Last year, my new year’s blog was titled, “Purpose, Plans, Pursuit: A Call to Action.” (A link is below.) It’s ironic that without even remembering it, I selected the same word-of-the-year for 2018: purpose. I even chose the same Scriptures. At first I laughed and thought, “How could I forget?” But, sadly, I know why. Within a few months of writing last year’s blog post, my purpose for the year evaporated. It became elusive. I was confused. My gifts and talents remained the same but I began to wonder, “How should I use my gifts? Am I going the direction I need to go?”

Where do I go from here?”  

Has this ever happened to you? You set goals, make the infamous to-do list, schedule every hour of the day, and charge full speed ahead. At least that has historically been my approach to achieving success. But if I’m honest, it has rarely worked. Last year I struggled to persevere and my goals seemed to change overnight. Will this year be the same?

“In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power to him forever! Amen.  I have written and sent this short letter to you with the help of Silas, whom I commend to you as a faithful brother. My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace.” 1 Peter 5:10-12, Holy Bible: New Living Translation

These words from the apostle Peter, intended for the saints scattered in Asia, assure us that when things don’t go our way, when the path leads through pain, we can experience the amazing grace of God. He is ready to “restore, support, and strengthen you,” – and me. What better promise is there as we enter a new year, a new season, a new time to find the answers we seek. 

I will always do my best to encourage others, but this year, that encouragement may come in the form of a shared desire to find purpose and meaning where God leads, and not where I may expect. God is the only one who already knows the answer to my question: 

Where do I go from here?”  


Please leave comments. I want to hear from you.


I invite you to read my post from last year. It is still relevant and I believe you will benefit from what I shared.

Purpose, Plans, Pursuit: A Call to Action

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