It’s quite possible that one can become wary of all the ‘new year’s resolutions’ with the start of a new year. I don’t believe they are evil. I just know there is a lot of hype that can usually go down the drain after a few weeks or even days.
With this, you can expect a plethora of pastors and other various church leaders to try and spur their people on to greater things in 2010. Of course I am up for seeing God’s people become active in serving, in ministry, but ultimately as God stirs. Yes, of course God can use us to stir God’s people. But we also must be led by Him, not because we see a bunch of holes to be filled during the week.
But, interestingly enough, just before the new year, I visited Justin Taylor’s blog over at the Gospel Coalition and saw ten questions to ask with the turn of a new year at hand. And though I am one to carefully guard against the new year hype, I thought these questions were actually quite pointed in helping us think about change that God might want to stir in our lives.
I post the questions below, but adapt them just a little bit for the sake of my blog:
- 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 strengthen the quality of your family life this year?
- In which spiritual discipline (prayer, fasting, meditation, study of Scripture, etc) 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 local 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 strengthen your prayer life this year?
- What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?
I don’t suppose each one of us will have time to consider all ten questions. But maybe consider two or three that really stick out to you. Reflect on the questions, journal some answers, and spend time hearing from Him.
Be blessed this year.