As Bryan reminded us in his sermon on Sunday, the new year is a great time to reflect. To think about the past year and thank God, celebrate what He has done! Even if this was your hardest year yet (like mine was) God has still done a TON and you and I have reason to be thankful.
It’s also a great time to stop and reflect on yourself, your attitudes, your habits and your relationships. How can you change those for the better? It’s so easy to get into our routine and just let things flow. I know personally once I have a “status quo” I have to be pretty deliberate about changing things for the better or innovating because I can get complacent.
Here are some great questions from Don Whitney to search out for yourself in the new year. These are some hard questions and I know I’ll be mulling them out for a while. Hoping you can take some time and reflect, searching out your heart and how you can know Jesus better in the coming year.
The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.
- What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
- What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?
- What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
- In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?
- What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
- What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
- For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?
- What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?
- What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
- What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?