Week #51: 5 Questions to Answer Before the Year Ends
January 18, 2006
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This Week's Topic: 5 Questions to Answer Before the Year Ends
I hope you are having a joyful
and peaceful holiday season so far. We are in the 51st week of the
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.
Over the next week, ponder these important five questions:
- 1. What is the biggest lesson God has offered me over the last year?
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?
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?
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
4. What have I been procrastinating about?
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?
lives really aren't about us. They are about the purpose for which we
were created - to serve God and make a positive difference in the lives
of others by using our God-given gifts and talents. 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:
Identify and acknowledge your most significant experiences of 2006.
are the lessons you've learned this year? How will you apply those
lessons to your life in the coming year? What would you like to do
differently, if anything, in the coming year?
Until next time ...
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