Ten Things To Drop In 2017

I hope your new year is off to a great start!

I know the month is moving quickly, but I want to encourage you one more time about how to make 2017 your best year ever. I don’t know what your 2016 was like, but mine was like the best of times and the worst of times—just like life often is.

We had so many opportunities to see people saved and delivered. We experienced amazing breakthroughs in ministry with A21 and Propel. We got to visit so many cities and spend time with our Propel Chapter members, and our A21 walks were off the charts in more cities than ever before. Thank you!

And yet, in the midst of our growth, like any family, we dealt with unexpected events, like the loss of my mom and sister-in-law.

Just like you, we always put our trust in God, no matter what is happening. I know that not one day, not one moment did I go without the power, presence, love and grace of Jesus with me—and he’s with you.

In every storm and heartache, he carried me, especially when I couldn’t carry myself—and he does the same for you.

God loves you. God is good, God does good, and God is always working all things for our good—even through all the unexpected events (Romans 8:28). He doesn’t cause bad things to happen, but he’s always there leading us, working in the midst of them for our good. He always has a plan, purpose and destiny for our lives regardless of what we see going on (Jeremiah 29:11).

As I’ve prayed for you, I believe for 2017 to be a year full of hope and expectation in which the leading of the Lord in your life will be incredible. God has given me ten directives to share with you. He wants us to drop what we don’t need to be doing, so we can pick up what he wants us to be doing.

1. Stop doing things that aren’t working so you can start doing some things that are working.

I know this sounds so basic, but it’s amazing how long we will continue to do the same old thing expecting a different result—and it’s not going to happen. Just because you’ve always done it that way doesn’t mean that’s the way you need to continue doing it. Maybe it’s something you’ve connected to—like the pain from abuse—and it’s time to put it down and let it go. Maybe it’s how you’re balancing your family life or how your running your office. I continually evaluate our leadership of A21 and Propel, along with my team, to see what is working and what is not. And what is not, we have to let go.

2. Stop investing in relationships that are taking you nowhere so that you can start building relationships that will take you somewhere.

It’s amazing how many friends and acquaintances we have in our lives that really just drain us. It’s time lean away from the people who might have been good for you in the last season, but they are not good for you in this season. You may love them dearly, but they are no longer good for you. God wants you building your inner circle with people who can help you get to where you’re going—who can help make a difference in your life.

3. Stop trying to change other people, and just let the Holy Spirit change you.

In my 50 years of living, I can tell you, no one can change anyone but God. Changing people is the Holy Spirit’s job, not yours. You are simply not that strong. If you will drop this, you will sleep much better and have a whole lot more peace in your life.

4. Stop trying to please everybody, and start just trying to please God.

The truth is you are never going to please everybody—not even some of the time. So set yourself free. If I tried to please everyone with what I post on social media or write in my books, I would be a man-pleaser and not a God-pleaser. I certainly don’t want to offend or hurt people, ever. I love people, but I can’t please everybody—and neither can you. Drop it and let it go.

5. Stop looking for the path of least resistance, and start embracing the challenging path of going to where you want to go.

You’re not going to build the spiritual muscle, the tenacity, that you need to end up where you’re going, if you take the path of least resistance. We’ve grown accustomed to having an app do the work for us in so many areas. But there are no apps for building character or tenacity. We have to do the hard work of crucifying our flesh, obeying Jesus, and going the distance in our race.

John Maxwell says everything worthwhile in this life is uphill. He’s right. By choosing to be all that God has created and called me to be, I’m choosing the challenging path and daring adventure of where he wants me to go—even if it’s uphill.

6. Stop procrastinating, and start doing what you need to do.

Just because you’ve decided to do something doesn’t mean you’ve done it. Too many women make New Year’s resolutions and a year later haven’t accomplished any of them. Don’t be that woman. Don’t put off what you can do today for tomorrow. Don’t say, “I’ll go to the gym tomorrow. I’ll eat healthy tomorrow. I’ll start reading my Bible tomorrow. I’ll start being nice tomorrow.” It’s not good when that becomes the story of our lives.

I have wanted to get my master’s degree for years, and I have decided to go for it in 2017. No more putting it off until tomorrow. Whatever it is you need to do—apologize to someone, get a relationship right, address inner issues in your heart—stop procrastinating. Do it today.

7. Stop expecting people to be Jesus, and let Jesus be Jesus.

A lot of the conflicts in our marriages and friendships could be eliminated if we quit expecting from others what we can only get from God. I get up early so I can get from Jesus what I need from Jesus—and so I won’t unintentionally try to get it from my family or pastors or team.

When we let people off the hook, when we quit expecting them to be Jesus in our lives, then we quit being a victim and start taking responsibility for ourselves. That’s when we make Jesus bigger than anything anyone has done to us in our past. That’s when we get free.

8. Stop blaming everything and everyone else for where you are in life, and start making what Jesus did for you bigger than what anyone has ever done to you.

Maybe you’ve had a past like mine where there’s been pain and abuse. It wasn’t our fault. We didn’t ask for it. But we can’t live our lives as victims. I’ve made what Jesus did for me bigger than what anyone did to me. I’ve made what Jesus said to me bigger than what anyone else has said to me.

This is your year to drop the baggage. Get my book, Unashamed, and learn how to walk free from all that you’ve been through. God has used this book more than any other I’ve written to help people find freedom.

9. Stop being so hard on yourself, and start loving yourself.

Jesus took all the commandments and summarized them into the two most important points: Love God, and love your neighbor as you love yourself (Matthew 22:36-40; Mark 12:29-3). When you don’t like yourself, you tend to not like others. When you’re hard on yourself, you tend to be hard on others.

So give yourself forgiveness, grace, mercy, genuine love and kindness. Start with discovering and loving who you are in Christ. Learn to truly love yourself so you can genuinely love others.

10. Stop doubting and start believing for the best.

Perhaps from your perspective—and certainly from so many who’ve posted on social media—you think everything that happened in 2016 was a mess—from the political process to the social unrest to the tragedies around the world. And it has stirred up insecurities in you, anxiety, fear and doubt. Consider this instead: Two thousand years ago, God said he would build his church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).

Well, I’ve read the end of the book and we win. So, even if all the economies of the world are in flux, let’s keep moving forward sharing the love and grace and mercy and goodness of God with everyone we encounter.

Let’s stay focused on the truth: The government rests on Jesus’ shoulders (Isaiah 9:6). All things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26). He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, and no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9). We are on top and not on the bottom (Deuteronomy 28:13). We are women of God, women of prayer, women of faith.

So let’s stop doubting and start believing for the best. We’re entering 2017 on the winning side!

Christine Caine

Christine Caine is an Australian-born, Greek-blooded activist, author and international speaker. She is cofounder of the anti-human trafficking organization, The A21 Campaign, the founder of Propel Women and the author of the new book Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick Up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny. For more information visit www.christinecaine.com.

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Tracey from Texas February 1, 2017 at 2:44am

Wow! I can't say how many things just jumped off the page to me and spoke directly to me. I love Christine's affirmation and dedication, the way that she shares it resonates with me. I like that its a "go and do it" message and stop procrastinating.... "go and do it" and don't look back. I haven't always had the time to read through the newsletter but today made a huge difference.
Propel is a voice to me that I really need to hear from.... Thank you so much.

Maddie January 30, 2017 at 12:01pm

Just in time for me to get this message from God who lives in you Christine
Thank You !!!

Susan Gruener January 30, 2017 at 8:38am

Amen and amen!
Thanks Chris for this much needed huge boost of encouraging words and more helpful ideas to become the woman God wants us to be! Awesome verses to memorize too!
Blessings on you!

terces January 29, 2017 at 7:55am

I continually learn and deepen my relationship with Jesus through all that is shared through Propel, A21 and your daily posts. Thank you, this message is no different, Printing it out and sharing with my community. Thank you.

Amy January 29, 2017 at 7:49am

Thank you Christine!! All of these are so relevant, so much in line with what the Lord is laying on my heart and where He is calling me...thank you for affirming that by using YOUR voice, your connection with the Lord so shameLESSly. I am letting go of shame and realizing more and more how rampant it has been in my life...it's tentacles affecting almost every area whether physical or spiritual (home, work, dress, relationships, etc.). Unashamed is like water on this worthwhile desert as are the words of my amazing therapist...not to be rivaled by the Words of our Abba Daddy. It will be an amazing year of writing my first book, taking my business into ministry as well (possibly with Alli Worthington's help) and healing my body that has suffered most intensely from all of these years. No complaints because I know He will turn this into the greatest gift as He has all of the challenges that have entered into my life. I pray for you, our Propel sisters and thank you over and over for stepping out.

Jamie January 29, 2017 at 6:06am

Too good, girl!

Anne January 29, 2017 at 5:36am

So true dear Christine. Specially a good reminder for me to make bigger what God says. Your book is helping me a lot. As a child and even as an adult I was verbally and physically abused by father, also bc I stopped attending traditional church. After living 33 years under manipulation I found it difficult to build healthy relationship and sometimes I doubt that God has a good plan for me too. Thank you for your encouragements. So good.

Anita Arrington January 29, 2017 at 5:30am

Thanks Christine for the article, it's truly encouraging. I know just taking the first step is the beginning. So I better get started!
Anita - CA. 🌸

nikki January 29, 2017 at 5:21am

thank you for always pointing us back to Christ! This is what inspires me about you. I have recently started my own business and I want women to know how loved they are by Christ! You inspire me to keep moving forward when sometimes I feel overwhelmed. When finances are tight when things don't happen like they are supposed to
HE IS ENOUGH!
thank you again for this inspiration to move forward in 2017! Cant wait it is going to be amazing!

Toni January 29, 2017 at 4:28am

I am not a crier. My father is German, my was Dutch. I'm stoic, like them. When I read though, that you lost both your mother and sister-in-law together, I broke and cried for you. I prayed God would protect all your work, that he would pick up any balls that dropped as you processed and staggered through your sorrow. I prayed he would cover any potential damage from that and that he would keep your family together, heal their raw pain, gather them under his wing and be glorified. Thank you for pouring out your life so others might find hope in Christ.

Lisa January 29, 2017 at 2:52am

Every single one - yes. Yes. YES!

💕Erika Alexis Lopez January 29, 2017 at 2:35am

💕Amen. Needed this reminder. I will intentionally work on all of this. All of this is so true. Thank you!❤️🙏🏻💕👸🏻

Carla Trick January 29, 2017 at 2:15am

Right between the eyes again!

Brandy January 29, 2017 at 1:17am

Praise God! This article, in more than one area, seemed to be laser pointed at me. If we, as Christian women, loosen the ties that we have allowed to bind us, how amazingly empowered we would become. Thank you!

Donna January 29, 2017 at 1:01am

Love the post, I embrace Gid's truth and am called to encourage and empower women of all ages to know God's purpose in their life as a follower of Jesus Christ through the study of his Word.
HELP ME! There is a lot of "talk" amongst women regarding the Women's March. I totally understand my conviction and decision not to participate in the Women's March. I'm looking for the right words/response we as believing women can give to the women who are feeling judged by the Women's March group who decided not March with their friends. We have a few young believers/seekers attending our bible study who are caught in the tension of their girl friends who are challenging them and their "new faith".
Just wondering if there are suggestions how we can help them navigate this tension. One that offers grace and Truth.

Heather Arnold January 27, 2017 at 11:28am

I'm 40 today!!!! Yayyyy!!! I love being a Daughter of the King!!! I love the Father's creation in me. I consider it a birthday blessing to read these 10 Things God would like me to put down. And for the next decade (and beyond), I'm looking forward to laying down and picking up all He has in store for His girl. I pray He uses me mightily for His Kingdom in the coming days! Thank you for the encouragement to move with Jesus, Christine!

Felicita Rueda January 26, 2017 at 5:04pm

Woo hoo, I loved the blog post about what to drop in 2017. I think I related to every point!:) it is a huge encouragement, thank you! Love to you in Christ, Felicita from Texas❤

Preu January 26, 2017 at 3:52pm

I read this blog and I'm truly humbled by how you've just highlighted that, we are never alone. My greatest challenge yet is believing and keeping the faith all due to my lack of understanding what salvation really means . I've missed Jesus for so long. I've managed to ignore my childhood pain an struggles until I had to deal with the head on. What a painful process it was but now I can say , it all works in my good. To God be the glory most high God!!

regina January 26, 2017 at 12:55pm

Divorced after 30 years. Was a rocky marriage still in the mist of a cheaper ter 12 bankrupty with X husband. Long story short he got 10 rental units we owned together. He doesn't work and collects all the income off these place yet my name is on the loans. I can't even get a credit card because the $10,000 a year I make does cover the $400,000 in loans. I am 65 and trying to start all over. I can't seem to let go of what he did and continues to do. I want a new life but am still chained to him financially

Cynthia January 25, 2017 at 12:38pm

Christine, your article is so encouraging and hit some areas I thought I made adjustments in, but the pricks are undeniable. It also revealed some areas I wasn't aware of. The truth we receive, the experiences we have, we must share so someone else can be set free. Thank you so much for sharing and God bless you in all you are doing for the Kingdom of God.

Janice January 25, 2017 at 6:08am

Thank you for this message, I have just recently found out that my Husband