Consider your ways!
Once, when the people of God had become careless in their relationship with Him, the Lord rebuked them through the prophet Haggai. "Consider your ways!" (Haggai 1:5) he declared, urging them to reflect on some of the things happening to them, and to evaluate their slipshod spirituality in light of what God had told them.
The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are ten questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God:
1. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year--and what will you do about it?
2. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life--and what will you do about it this year?
3. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
4. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?
5. What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what's one way you could simplify in that area?
6. What habit would you most like to establish this year?
7. What book, in addition to the Bible, do you most want to read this year?
8. What one thing do you most regret about last year, and what will you do about it this year?
9. In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?
10. In what area of your life do you most need change, and what will you do about it this year?
If you've found these questions helpful, you might want to put them someplace--on your phone, tablet, day planner, calendar, bulletin board, etc.--where you can review them more frequently than once a year.
So let's evaluate our lives, make plans and goals, and live this new year with biblical diligence, remembering that, "The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage" (Proverbs 21:5). But in all things let's also remember our dependence on our King who said, "Apart from Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).