New Year, New Opportunities

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"But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, 'Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.' " Numbers 13:30

  • What are your greatest hopes for the new year?
  • What are the greatest challenges you are facing?
  • How can I best encourage you?

After the Israelites left Egypt, they headed toward the Promised Land. Twelve men set out as spies to explore Canaan, but most of them returned with more fear than hope. Caleb believed God's promise that the land would be given to the Israelites, so he encouraged his people to believe. Like the Israelites, we have the choice of how we will perceive the opportunities God presents to us in the new year. We can let the challenges overwhelm us, or we can encourage each other to trust God.

This article first appeared in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. If you enjoyed this article, read more like it in Focus on the Family's marriage and parenting magazine. Get this publication delivered to your home by subscribing to it for a gift of any amount.
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