Think about where you are working, what you are doing day in and day out, whom you are coming in contact with? Are you showing people around you that you possess the love of Christ, you are transformed by the power of His Holy Spirit, and you are the recipient of an eternal inheritance? I believe if we read Ephesians 1 each day and remembered all we have in Christ, it would bubble over in our lives and make an impact on how we live. Everything you say and do should be a testimony to others of whom you love and what He's done for you.  Scripture tells us "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God," (1 Corinthians 10:31). Ask God how you can glorify Him in a greater way this year.

3)  God calls us to a life of faith...and that leads to our dream. 

If God called us to live safe, manageable lives, then we wouldn't really need Him, apart from saving our souls and letting us sit it out until we are called home to heaven. Yet God wants to do through you what is beyond you. He wants to put you on display to the world of what He is able to do through a life of faith.

Scripture is full of verses that build our confidence in a God who can do anything. And He is most glorified when we step out to do the extraordinary through the help and empowerment of an extraordinary God.

Philippians 4:13 says "I can do everything through him who gives me strength" and Ephesians 3:20 says Christ is "able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." That tells me He is a God who is waiting to do the extraordinary—and what the world sees as impossible—through you.  

So what is that dream on your heart? To quit your drudgery job and start that ministry, fulltime? To write that book God has laid on your heart? To trust Him with that move across the country? To expand your business by incorporating biblical principles? If it is His call you are obeying and His glory you are seeking, then He is the one who will equip you and empower you to do what is beyond you. Ask God how you can step out in faith this year and show the world how capable He is.

Don't start 2014 in the same place you were at the end of last year. Listen for His call, obey His voice, ask Him how you can glorify Him and then step out in faith. A great adventure of thriving and living out His call on your life awaits. 

Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and author of several books, including When Women Walk Alone (more than 100,000 copies sold), When Couples Walk Together, and When a Woman Discovers Her Dream. For more encouragement and inspiration in meeting your goals, as well as free resources to strengthen your personal walk with God or your marriage, see her website: StrengthForTheSoul.com 

Publication date: January 8, 2013