As this year comes to an end, take a moment to remember and appreciate the opportunities God gave you throughout the year to live out His plan and purpose for your life. You were given the privilege to live the good life—to have better relationships, to equip yourself for success, to grow in faith and mature spiritually—so you could be a blessing to God and His kingdom. A new year is dawning, and God is looking to use you to do even greater works for Him—to have an even greater impact on the lives of others, by sharing His love and goodness, than you’ve had in the past.

This month, I want to inspire you to be encouraged—to take your eyes off negative things that may have taken place throughout 2018, and prepare yourself to be excited as you enter into a new year. Get ready for a year that will offer you new seasons and opportunities to make a positive impact on the world for the Lord. Stay in faith. Keep praying, reading God’s Word, and trusting Him. Get ready to be used by Him!