Years ago I had a friend who, if I asked too many personal questions, would ask, “What? Are you writing a book?”
I learned not to become offended and just to respond, “Yes, and this is the chapter about you.”
It can seem intrusive if someone asks us a lot of questions—especially about our spiritual life—but the new year may be the best time to ask ourselves about it. Because the year will slip by and before we know it we’ll be wishing someone a Happy New Year 2017. (Just think how fast 2015 flew by.)
Resolutions come and go and statistics show that most are broken by the third week in January, so I’m not suggesting we all resolve to do anything. But these questions might help us enter 2016 more intent upon improving our end of the most important relationship we have—between us and God.
[These questions were adapted from Don Whitney, Director of the Center for Biblical Spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.]
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?
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?
For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year, and what one thing could you do to improve your prayer life?
What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?
What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? How about for eternity?
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