Pastor Robert Conrad
1 Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus,after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
It is common that people traditionally set goals that they want to attain and resolutions that they want to keep at the beginning of the New Year. Even though I am not a traditionalist, I do think that it is a good time to re-evaluate our lives, checking to see that we are growing and doing according to God's will.
While we have no way of knowing what 2017 holds for us, we do know from God's Word that His plan includes making us perfect, stablishing, strengthening, and settling.
Since "we are His workmanship", He is the one who knows what is necessary to make our lives the masterpiece of the Master. That work may include suffering and failure and weakness for us, but if we trust Him, we can rest in the knowledge that His work is for His glory and is indeed the work of the Master.