Happy New Year! This past year has hit us with many things. Many of us are tired, discouraged, and distracted. It may be difficult to even think of New Year’s resolutions when so many things are uncertain.
To be honest, I’m not much of a New Years’ resolution type of guy. I do like setting goals and deadlines, but I usually don’t need a new year to do that. One poll indicated that it takes just 32 days for the average person to finally break their resolutions and 68% report giving up their resolutions even sooner than that.
Here’s a thought – Begin your year with reflection, not action. Take time to slow down to think back and think ahead.
So get away and spend some time alone with God. Here are some questions I came across, to get you started.
1. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
2. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
3. Which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?
4. What is the single biggest timewaster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
5. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
6. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?
7. What’s the most important way you will try to make this year different from last year by God’s grace?
8. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
9. What single thing you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?
10. What’s the most important decision you need to make this year?
11. What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what’s one way you could simplify in that area?
12. What habit would you most like to establish this year?
13. Who is the person you most want to encourage this year?
14. What is your most important financial goal this year, and what is the most important step you can take toward achieving it?
15. What’s one thing you could do this year to enrich the spiritual legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?
16. What one thing do you most regret about last year, and what will you do about it this year?
17. In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?
18. What’s the most important trip you want to take this year?
19. What skill do you most want to learn or improve this year?
20. What one biblical doctrine do you most want to understand better this year, and what will you do about it?
21. In what area of your life do you most need change, and what will you do about it this year?
Adapted from a post by Don Whitney
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What are some other questions you would think we should reflect on as we start our new year? Love to hear from you! Happy New Year!