Here are 30 questions I’m already pondering as I think toward 2010:
- What do I want to be different in my personal life?
- Who do I want to influence?
- Who do I want to get to know?
- What subject do I want to learn more about?
- What books do I want to read?
- What habit do I want to break?
- What habit do I want to develop?
- What friendship(s) do I need to re-evaluate?
- What places do I want to go?
- What words do I need to say more?
- What words do I need to eliminate altogether?
- In what relationships do I need to invest more?
- What boundaries do I need to re-negotiate?
- What household chores do I need to do more?
- What values do I want to instill?
- To whom do I need to say, “I’m sorry”?
- Who do I need to forgive?
- Who do I need to affirm/encourage?
- Who do I need to appreciate more?
- What work do I want to see God do in me?
- What secret sin do I need to stop?
- For whom do I need to pray more?
- What spiritual disciplines do I need to develop?
- How can I intentionally develop relationships with non-believers?
- With whom do I need to intentionally share my faith?
- What part of my life do I need to give more completely to Christ?
- What community ministry do I need to personally invest in?
- What individuals do I need to personally help disciple?
- How much does God want me to give financially for Kingdom work?
I encourage you to take one question each of the next 30 days — and seriously ponder it throughout the day. Customize this list by replacing some questions with others that God brings to mind for you. At the end of the month, you’ll have a pretty good idea of how you’d like 2010 to be . . . and you won’t have to worry with making last-minute promises that you’ll probably end up breaking anyway.
By investing this time in prayerfully considering these questions, you’ll exchange resolutions for a roadmap. As always, I’d love to hear how it goes.