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31 Questions for the New Year

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard
    Dr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren grandsons: Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
  • 2009 Jan 01
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The first day of a new year is a good time to stop, reflect, refocus and consider where we are going. The question for today is not, “Where are you going?” but rather, “Where will you be when you get there?” This morning all of us are taking the first steps on a 365-day journey. Where will you be when you arrive at December 31? What will you do with the gift of a new beginning that God has given you? In order to help us think about this in a practical way, Don Whitney has put together 31 questions. There are 10 basic questions and then 21 more – one for each day of the month.

If you are married, I urge you to discuss these questions with your spouse. If you are in a small group, take your first session this year to go over these questions. Thinking through these questions together will help make 2009 truly life-changing for you.

    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 family life 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?

In addition to these 10 questions, here are 21 more to help you “Consider your ways.” Think on the entire list at one sitting, or answer one question each day for a month.

    11. What’s the most important decision you need to make this year?

    12. What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what’s one way you could simplify in that area?

    13. What’s the most important need you feel burdened to meet this year?

    14. What habit would you most like to establish this year?

    15. Who do you most want to encourage this year?

    16. What is your most important financial goal this year, and what is the most important step you can take toward achieving it?

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

    18. What’s one new way you could be a blessing to your pastor (or to another who ministers to you) this year?

    19. What’s one thing you could do this year to enrich the spiritual legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?

    20. What book, in addition to the Bible, do you most want to read this year?

    21. What one thing do you most regret about last year, and what will you do about it this year?

    22. What single blessing from God do you want to seek most earnestly this year?

    23. In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?

    24. What’s the most important trip you want to take this year?

    25. What skill do you most want to learn or improve this year?

    26. To what need or ministry will you try to give an unprecedented amount this year?

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

    28. What one biblical doctrine do you most want to understand better this year, and what will you do about it?

    29. If those who know you best gave you one piece of advice, what would they say? Would they be right? What will you do about it?

    30. What’s the most important new item you want to buy this year?

    31. In what area of your life do you most need change, and what will you do about it this year? 

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