Ask Yourself These Five Questions Before the Year Ends!

I pray this Christmas will be blessed, joyful and peaceful for you. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, please remember the reason for the season! We are near the end of another year and I thought this would be a great time to pose five important questions for you. We become wiser when we ask ourselves the right questions and discover answers that focus us in the right direction. The right questions can offer you an opportunity to grow and consider better possibilities for your life. Over the next week, ponder these important five questions as you close out yet another year.

1. What is the biggest lesson God has offered me over the last year?

When we take time to learn the lessons that our trials and triumphs teach us, God is able to mold our character and use us in greater ways. When you ignore the lessons of life, you often find yourself repeating the same mistakes and enduring the same challenges time and time again.

2. What is my “divine assignment” at this stage of my life?

Our purpose can transform over a lifetime. In order to remain in synch with God’s timing and purposes, we must seek His “assignment” in the various seasons of our lives.

3. This time next year, what would I like to see different in my life?

In other words, what’s my vision? You need a vision for where you are going in the coming year. No matter how insignificant you think your life is, God wants you to be deliberate about setting goals and moving forward. God’s word tells us to “write the vision and make it plain” (Habakkuk 3:2). That means we should write it down and make it clear and specific. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a lot of “New Year’s resolutions.” Instead, choose something meaningful, even if it is a seemingly small change, and take deliberate steps forward.

4. What have I been procrastinating about?

Putting off goals and things that God has laid on your heart to do is stressful. Fear is often the culprit and the New Year is a great time to ask yourself if it is time to get unstuck and pursue certain goals or drop them altogether, thus freeing yourself from the burden of an incomplete task hanging over your head.

5. How could I make more of a positive difference in the lives of others in the next 12 months?

Our lives really aren’t about us. They are about the purpose for which we were created. What is it that you’d like to do by this time next year that will impact others in a meaningful and positive way?

My challenge to you this week:
Be reflective this week and notice what you’ve learned and what you’ve accomplished this year. Celebrate your progress.

Journaling assignment:

Answer each of the five questions posed this week. Is there an important shift or change you need to make as a result of the lessons and events of your life in 2013? Leave your comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

Merry Christmas!

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  1. 2012 was without a doubt the hardest year of my life, leaving me hurt and angry. Early in 2013, I had to learn how to forgive at a level I didn’t know was possible. As a result, 2013 has been the most rewarding year of my life as far as answered prayers go. I make lists and have journals full of specifics regarding my prayers for my children and my future. I have found list, after list, spanning years of requests and been have able to check off almost every prayer as answered. This means it’s time to really stretch my faith for the future and that’s exactly what I’m doing. There are still things I’ve been afraid to believe for, but I’m getting over that!

    • Billie, your 2013 success and hard work (praying, journaling and keeping lists) has inspired me to do the same. I am coming off a succession of hard years, and as a single-mom of two children (both with medical issues) I often feel too tired to even pray! That’s awful to say, but true. I feel like I have lost a piece of myself, however, and I have to get that back. I will start with daily communion with God, using a prayer journal as a tool.

  2. One lesson that I have learned to allow God’s peace to surrender a major “situation” in my life to Him. Also, I am resolving before the new year starts is to stop procrastinating and get rid of the credit card debt for good! Now, I’m kind of struggling with a decision to let go of a side business, or keep it as such primarily to make some extra money. I was really excited at first going to the business meetings, etc. But now I’m ready to pursue my passion for freelance writing and starting my own blogsite. The side business is one that is potentially profitable, but sometimes I feel like I’m just hanging on to it. Part of me is worried what other people may think. Prayerfully considering to let it go or make a plan to keep the sales coming in.

  3. Wonderful way to prepare for 2014… My area of weakness: procrastination. I am good for creating goals and starting the process; however, I fail myself with not following through due to procrastination. There are goals I want to accomplish and I don’t want to find myself regretting them in the end. I am determined and focused to achieve each one of my goals while maintaining a balanced life. Thank you Ms. Burton for your motivation and encouragement; may God continue to bless you!!

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