Living Wisely and Well

Five of our grands piled on our bed. Grandchildren truly are an amazing gift.
January 2
Cousin Camp is over.  The children have been returned to their parents with no major injuries!
There is a clear path, sans toys, on the main floor.  No pallets, blankies, or stuffed animals lay on our bedroom floor, although we found a pair of airplane undies on my bedside table. There's an eerie silence around here today.  

So, today in the silence I will look out at 2017 and wonder what God has on the agenda. Biblegateway's verse of the day is Psalm 90:12 MSG

"Oh! Teach us to live well!  Teach us to live wisely and well!  
Come back, God-how long do we have to wait?-and treat your servants with kindness for a change. Surprise us with love at daybreak; then we'll skip and dance all the day long.  Make up for the bad times with some good times; we've seen enough evil to last a lifetime. Let your servants see what you're best at-the ways you rule and bless your children. And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us, confirming the work that we do. Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!

Goal setting is a typical New Year's tradition, but for the most effective results they need to be God's goals for us. We need to be certain that God: "affirms the work that we do!" In our pastor's sermon yesterday, he mentioned the importance of clarifying our values. He said, "You can't do what's important, until you know what's important."

Jesus gave an excellent example of this process in Luke 22:42, while facing his death.
"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."

So, if we are setting spiritual, physical, relational, financial, or career goals for 2017 let's ask the Lord how those measure up with his 2017 goals for us!  Let's ask Him to instruct us to set goals which equate to a life lived wisely and well and one which brings glory to God!