The most important week of 2017

John 11:54 (NKJV) Therefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with His disciples.


Sometimes the wisest thing you can do is call timeout.

Every coach knows that even the best teams get overwhelmed sometimes.  Maybe they’re tired, it is late in the season, they’ve had a long trip getting to the game, the crowd is hostile; maybe they’re fighting a stomach bug or dealing with personal issues that are spilling over into the game—these things happen and, if ignored, a great team can still end up losing the game because of them.time-out

So when a good coach sees this happening he will strategically call a time-out to give his team a breather, a chance to regroup, a chance to review or amend the strategy, and to use the opportunity to break the flow of the game and better align it with the team’s abilities and strategy.

In other words, calling a time-out doesn’t mean the coach has given up on winning the game, it means just the opposite; it means the coach has not given up but is planning on winning and is, thus, taking measures to give his or her team a better chance to win.

In the same way, I have learned that one of the most important weeks of a New Year is the last week of the current year.

That last week is a great week to call a time-out.  All the Christmas activities, both professionally and personally have concluded and everything is mostly on hold until after the first of the year.

Thus, I’d take that last week of the year and intentionally devote several hours to reflect and prepare myself for the upcoming New Year.  I found it to be essential.  I think you will too and so I encourage you join me this year.

For no matter your station and stage in life, if you are planning on living next year then I encourage you to actually plan on it.

Following are a short list of questions I encourage you to answer.  Over the next few days I will make a few comments about these questions, but for now, I’ll just list them to get you and me both thinking.

  1. Why am I doing what I’m doing?
  2. How can I improve my devotional life?
  3. Have I first scheduled quality time for my family next year?
  4. What do I need to stop doing in order to better leverage my life and ministry for bringing the most glory and honor to my Lord? And how will I do this gracefully and effectively?
  5. What do I need to start doing in order to leverage my life and ministry for bring the most glory to my Lord?  And how will I do this gracefully and effectively?

There are a lot of important questions in life, but I have found that if I faithfully and consistently stay focused on these five, they pretty much address or prepare me to answer all the other questions that I am faced with.

So, let’s call “time-out” this week and get ready for the next chapter in our lives…it’s called 2017.


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4 thoughts on “The most important week of 2017

  1. Thank you, Pastor Kemp!!! You have given us direction for the very thing Brad and I talked about yesterday. (Went to Grove Park Inn in Asheville – wonderful place for reflection) 🙂 Love and appreciate you! Claudia

    Sent from my iPad


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    1. Thanks Pastor(Coach)Kemp.
      As predictable, a timely message for rookies and seasoned veterans who at a minimum need to review their playbooks at the beginning of each new year. 🙂

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  2. For the first time, this year, even though we had responsibilities, we took the day after Christmas to discuss the questions. Thank you. Looking forward to touching base with you for exciting times this New Year.

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