17 Questions for a New Year

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While regular check-ups and self-examinations are healthy ongoing practices, the end of the year proves an occasion for a longer look at our lives, to ask important questions about the life we’ve lived this past year and prayerfully wonder what sort of life God might be calling us into. I hope that sort reflection will inspire some action but don’t get too worried about that just yet. Many of us have grown allergic to new year’s resolutions, so why not first give yourself to the more important exercise of examination, asking questions about the life you’re now living.

To help with that, I’ve put together a few questions for you to prayerfully consider as you enter into a new year. Take time today, tomorrow or in the coming days to find a quite space and invite God into the process of reflection, asking him to guide your thoughts and inspire any suitable course of action for this new year.

But a warning – do this only after first believing the good news, first taking time to refresh your heart in the good reality that you are loved already, approved as you are now. Otherwise we start out with a dangerous spiritual dynamic operating. We start from the place that we need to do something or have something to be accepted or loved.

But right now, in the eyes of God, because of Jesus, you are enough. Approved. Loved. Cherished. Watch the video below to help remind yourself of that truth.

Now, with the full awareness of God’s lavish love for you as you are now, take time for a little reflection with the following questions:

Where did I feel most alive this past year? Where did I most deeply sense God’s presence? What were the moments, seasons or events that brought me the deepest gratitude? Where was I able to give the most love? Where and when was I able to receive love deeply?
Where did I feel drained of life this past year? Where did I feel most distant from God? Over what or when did I feel curdled with ingratitude? Where was I closed off to love or to others?
What’s the one thing I could do this year to increase my enjoyment of God, my delight in the gospel?
What’s the most humanly impossible thing I will dare ask God to do this year?
What’s the single most important thing I could do to improve the quality of your friendship or family life this year?
In which spiritual discipline do I want to make progress this year? What can I you do about it?
What is the single biggest time-waster in my life, and what will I do about it this year?
What is the most helpful new way I could strengthen my church? My participation in the life of the church?
For whose salvation will I pray most fervently this year?
What’s the most important way I will invite God into my life in order to make this year different from last year?
What one thing is God inviting me to do to increase my intimacy with him in my prayer life this year?

Enjoy the reflection and be assured God’s Holy Spirit will be very near, closer than your own thoughts. God has good plans for you, so listen to his voice of love for your life.

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