Happy New Year!
However you saw in 2014 (or didn't!) the first day of a New Year is a great time to reflect on the joys and trials of the year that has passed and to dream about your hopes and expectations for the year to come. It's so easy to plough on with our day to day lives without stopping to think about what we're doing or where we're going. The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to stop, look up and get our bearings.
Here are some questions by Don Whitney that we have been prayerfully asking each other this New Year:
1. What's one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of 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 relationships with those around you this year?
4. In which spiritual discipline 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 most fervently this year?
8. What's the most important way you will, by God's grace, try to make this year different from last year?
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 ten years? In eternity?
We know that nothing we do will ever change our standing as beloved children of God but by His grace He will use our hopes and dreams, our plans and efforts, our failings and fears to draw us closer to Him and deeper into a knowledge of His love and purposes for us. In Him we find ourselves made whole, we pray that at the turn of a New Year you are filled with joy and excitement as you, once again, place your life in His hands.
Love Chris and Lisa