May Christ never call you or I a hypocrite in the New Year. May be recognize that He alone has the power to guide and give us the authority and power to change.

How To Pick New Year’s Values

It’s okay if you’re not sure which words you want to pick as your values. Maybe you need to work on patience but there’s no way you’ll ever pick that as your value so instead you choose: hope.

When I started picking values--I had absolutely zero idea what I wanted to do with my life.

I was in my mid 20’s with no career, no spouse in sight, and no money. I knew I wanted to change the world and I had ideas--but like all of us find our sooner than later--resolutions don’t work.

My friend and author Ava Pennington writes in her devotional “One Year Alone With God,”

“God’s Word reminds us that success does not depend on having a different set of values and standards for the various parts of our lives. If we are His children, we will live by His standards and His guidance in every area of life, regardless of the day or the location. When we acknowledge Him, He will straighten all the crooked places of our lives.”

When I gave God all of me--not just my career or relationships--He blessed me.

He gave me the strength to value what He valued. The more I focused on my relationship with Him and dedicated the entire year to a set of values--the more I saw God in everything not just what I wanted so desperately and prayed so hard for.

Be encouraged friends.

We have no idea how much God wants to bless us until we bring Him into every area of our lives. Next year, I am picking “Encounter” and “Serve” as my two values. I just have this feeling that I will encounter God as I serve others.

Question: What New Year’s Values are you or have you picked for 2013?

Renee Fisher aka the Devotional Diva® is a spirited speaker and the author of Faithbook of Jesus, Not Another Dating Book, and Forgiving Others Forgiving Me (Harvest House, 2013). Renee loves her engineering husband and their rescued pit bull Rock Star. She writes at