New Year: Living With Purpose

Day 1 of 4 • This day’s reading


The Importance of Purpose

Jeremiah 29:11 is a favorite verse of many people. It is a verse that reminds us that God’s intentions toward us are for good. This should encourage us in any situation, and for that reason alone, it is an important word for us to hear and know. 

As often is the case with scripture, there are other things we can learn from this verse. One overlooked truth from this verse is that God does indeed have plans. God is purposeful. Do not think that God only reacts to things and tries to do the best He can with whatever happens. God is intentional. God has specific plans and acts accordingly to those plans. If God does not approach life randomly, neither should we.

A new year offers us a wonderful opportunity for a reset, and we should take advantage of that opportunity. As your new year begins, take time to reflect on 2020. Don’t let the past year be wasted, instead, learn from all we have experienced. Then, commit to live a purposeful life in the year ahead. Don’t live the entire year without purpose, only reacting to what happens from day to day. Take time to prayerfully decide on a word or phrase for 2021 as something that will direct your approach to life for the next 12 months. Better yet, begin to ask God what your focus should be in the coming year. Remember, He has plans for you. Finding your purpose is empowering. A purpose is life-giving. God is purposeful, and He has created us for a purpose. Make 2021 a purposeful year!