For many people, this new year will mark a turning point in your jobs, in your education, in your finances, in your relationships with friends and loved ones, or even in your personal lives. Whatever the case might be, remain encouraged and know "that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). Notice it says, "His purpose," not our own purposes. God has a plan for each of us and as we obey Him in love, and do the things that are pleasing in His sight to advance the God's kingdom, we will see His glory manifested in awesome ways. As we seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33), we will see blessings, healing, deliverance, transformation, and other good things take place. For those who will truly commit to trusting God this new year, and even beyond that, they will see God's hand work things out like never before. God can make a way out of what seems to be no way.
So whatever you might have had to struggle with or simply deal with this year, leave it there and dare to enter into the new year 2011 with a fresh mindset with your heart set on pressing "toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:14).
Be encouraged and Happy New Year!
-- kyle a.