Dr. Baker’s Pastor’s Paragraph 1/5/17
A few years ago, author and Professor Don Whitney wrote an article entitled “Ten Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Year.” At that time, I referred to those “Ten Questions” in a sermon. I believe that these “Ten Questions” are still quite relevant as we find ourselves at the beginning of 2017. These questions are as follows:
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 10 years? In eternity?
In addition to these ten questions, Don Whitney encourages us to ask some additional “evaluation” questions including:
- What’s the most important decision you need to make this year?
- Who is the person you most want to encourage this year?
- What one thing do you most regret about last year, and what will you do about it this year?
- 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?
I hope that you will join me in taking some time to evaluate your life, especially as you reflect on the past year of 2016. With God’s guidance and direction, may we be resolved to live more fully and faithfully the time that God gives us in 2017.
I hope that you had a joyful Christmas and that your new year has gotten off to a good start. I look forward to seeing you Sunday when we will focus on “Stepping Into the New Year: Resolutions and Covenants” Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:6-13).