Here is a great devotional from Oswald Chambers to start off the new year right.
" I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death." - Phil. 1:20
My Utmost for His Highest.
We will all feel very much ashamed if we do not yield to Jesus the areas of our lives he has asked us to yield to him. It's as if Paul were saying, "My determined purpose is the be the utmost for His highest-my best for His glory." To reach that level of determination is a matter of the will, not of debate or of reasoning. It is absolute and irrevocable surrender of the will at that point. An undue amount of thought and consideration for ourselves is what keeps us from making that decision, although we cover it up with the pretense that it is others we are considering. When we think seriously about what it will cost others if we obey the call of Jesus, we tell God He doesn't know what our obedience will mean. Keep to the point - He does know. Shut out every other thought and keep yourself before God in this one thing only - my utmost for His highest. I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and Him alone.