When approaching the new year, I began actively praying and listening for "the word" the Lord wanted to give me for 2017. Annually, He gives me a word that He then reveals throughout the course of the year. It is as if I have been given a gift for the year, of which I get a sneak peak at the beginning, and the rest of the year is the unraveling of the mystery. Last year it was "Seek My Face" which I discovered to mean relentlessly pursuing the character and attributes of God, knowing Him and His heart above all else. On New Year's Eve day, I received the word for 2017: "Establish the work of our hands." Naturally, I began a hot pursuit of what it meant.
Although I am only at the beginning of discovery, I am thinking that "to establish the work of our hands" has far less to do with what I DO, and far more with what HE DOES through me. As my wise mama coined it, we as humans really do have a "HE" problem: a "Human Effort" issue. We live our lives independent of Him and live by our own efforts, believing that it somehow is about our own accomplishments. To live in need of Him, living life out of the abundance of the Spirit means that He will establish whatever we do for His Kingdom purposes. And I guess, this season for me, more than ever, is one in which I have to rely on this truth. Each day, I have to wake up and say "Jesus, establish the work of my hands for Your kingdom." May you too, each and everyday.