A New Year

Uncle Dave included the following questions in the Redford Highlights; I thought they were worth considering. As I aim to ponder them and would like to have some idea of my progress to evaluate, I’m posting them here.

1. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your communion and companionship with God?

2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?

3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?

4. In which spiritual discipline (i.e., Bible reading, prayer, fasting, witnessing) do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?

5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?

6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?

7. For whose salvation will you pray and work (witness, invite to church, include the person in casual gatherings of believers) most fervently this year?

8. What’s the most important thing you believe God needs to do in your church so your church will fulfill the work God has given it to do (Eph. 4:11-16)? Will you pray for this work of God throughout the year or until you see it accomplished?

9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?

10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in 10 years? In eternity?

I tend to dislike questions that force me to pick “the one most important thing.” (Shouldn’t I want to make progress in reading the word, fasting, prayer, witnessing, etc. just about equally–even if I choose to focus on one area more for a time?) But the thrust of these particular queries encourages me to examine my current and hoped-for spiritual life–to consider whether I am slipping onto the “wide and gradual slope” downwards, or whether I am persevering to the end, moving “further up and further in.”