Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Year
This time of the year is a great time to look back, in, around, and ahead!
We can look back to see God’s faithfulness in the year’s highlights and lowlights.
We can look in to see our own need of Jesus as we repent, believe and obey in the power of the Holy Spirit.
We can look around and see the people we are around so we can serve them with love through our unique design.
We can look ahead and trust God with the new year
In order to help you look back, look in, look around, and look ahead, here are some new year questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.
There is something powerful about writing the answers to these. I keep these questions in my January journal and type new answers at the beginning of each year. I just took 20 minutes to update my answers.
Take some time today to engage with these questions and you will be pleased. Share your answers with someone in your life who is committed to you and your thriving.
What one thing do you most regret about last year, and what will you do about it this year?
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 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?
What’s one new way you could encourage your pastor (or someone who encourages you) this year?
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?
What’s the most important decision you need to make this year?
What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what’s one way you could simplify in that area?
What’s the most important need you feel burdened to meet this year?
What habit would you most like to establish this year?
Who is the person you most want to encourage this year?
What is your most important financial goal this year, and what is the most important step you can take toward achieving it?
What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your work life this year?
What’s one thing you could do this year to enrich the spiritual legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?
What book, in addition to the Bible, do you most want to read this year?
What single blessing from God do you want to seek most earnestly this year?
In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?
What’s the most important trip you want to take this year?
What skill do you most want to learn or improve this year?
To what need or ministry will you try to give an unprecedented amount this year?
What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your commute this year?
What one biblical doctrine do you most want to understand better this year, and what will you do about it?
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?
What’s the most important new item you want to buy this year?
In what area of your life do you most need change, and what will you do about it this year?
Who can you share your answers with in the next few days?
What one question stands out to you the most of all of these?
These are adapted from some of my “Great Questions Mentors” like Bob Beihl and Tony Stoltzfus.