I’m sitting at my dining room table, surrounded by books, a journal and a couple of my daughters with their laptops open as well. We have been contemplating the new year and reviewing journals from last year.
My day was spent lazily listening to the rain, snacking on unhealthy foods and enjoying the company of my shrinking family as the young adult kids slowly leave for their own homes/dorms.
I am so grateful for this past year and all that God has done. He has been so incredibly faithful, loving and kind. I have not understood all that has taken place in 2018 but I can surely say that I trust the person who does understand the future, our Heavenly Father.
One of my favorite hymns has these words as the first verse and chorus:
I don't know about tomorrow
I just live from day to day
I don't borrow from it’s sunshine
For it's skies may turn to gray
I don't worry o'er the future
For I know what Jesus said
And today I'll walk beside Him
For He knows what lies ahead
Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand
WOW...This hymn has encouraged me through many transitions and unknowns in my life; just like the prospect of a New Year. What will it bring? What lies ahead? I don’t know but I can trust the Lord in the process.
As you contemplate this new year, here are some questions by Don Whitney to help guide you through a prayerful process of looking up, looking in and looking forward. Happy New Year!
10 Questions to Ask in the New Year
by Don Whitney
What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?
What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
In which spiritual discipline (prayer, fasting Bible reading, solitude etc.) do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?
What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?
What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?
What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?