5 Questions to prepare yourself for 2014

I always find New Year an excellent time for a bit of an audit of my life. It’s is a double milestone for me, as I have a birthday on 31st December (birthdays are always another great time for life audits). Rather than set New Year’s resolutions I find asking good questions and then trying to reorientate my life works for me. Here are 5 questions I am asking myself to prepare for 2014 I thought they might be worth sharing.
Take a look and see if there are any more I should add?Let me know if they help you.

2014

5. Are God’s priorities driving my life?

- Is there anything God wants to change about what I am doing?
- Has my personal growth, career, ambition or reputation dislodged God from the rightful centre of my life?

4. How can I demonstrate God’s character this year?

- How can I be more godly in my family, workplace, neighbourhood, social media usage?
- What areas of my life is the Holy Spirit prompting me to shine more brightly for Christ?

3. What new habits might help me to be more attentive to God?

- Prayer – how can I listen more effectively to God?
- Bible study – how can I allow God’s word to set the direction of my life?
- Communion – how can I deepen my relationship with God’s people?
Whom could I help to grow in their faith? Who could help me grow in maturity?
- Rest – how can i make sure my work does not become an idol?
- Reading – how can I keep my faith fresh and engaged through reading helpful literature?

2. To whom can I show the hospitality of God?

- I have used the word hospitality rather than generosity because one way we sometimes try to alleviate a guilty conscience about poverty is to give money away rather than give ourselves away.
- Is there anything I can do to offer hospitality to the vulnerable in my community?
- Are there more children we can consider fostering or adopting?  How can I better support those that foster and adopt?

1.How can I effectively share the good news of Jesus in my life and words this year?

- The thing I am most grateful for in my life is the gospel. The good news that Jesus’ life, death and resurrection have opened a way for me to be adopted into God’s family. I don’t want anyone to miss out on this incredible privilege and so I want to look closely at my life to see how I can better share the goodnews graciously, winsomely and clearly.

5 thoughts on “5 Questions to prepare yourself for 2014”

  1. Krish
    Perhaps some things to add would be around – who could help me in my spiritual journey this year and who could I help in their spiritual journey this year?

    Otherwise great and I intend to use with my Urban Saints group at our first meeting in 2014.

    God Bless

    Peter

  2. Right on the pulse of how we should reboot our life in Christ for the new year Krish. I plan to adapt it as a prayer for our service this Sunday

  3. Krish,

    What a great alternative to making resolutions! I trust I have your permission, I converted the post to a bulletin insert. Our congregation always values ideas based on the scriptures. I included on the back of the half page insert a list of scriptures (6-8 under each question) that correlate with the questions.

    Thank you for your excellent thoughts. I will share a message in the a.m. service along the thoughts in your #1 question.

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