Reflecting Questions for 2013

The author of Proverbs writes, “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit.” (Prov 16:1-2). This Proverb reminds me how easy it is to plan out my future apart from God. It’s easy to be impressed with our plans for tomorrow, while our relationship with God is distressed. So it’s important to stop, weigh our plans, and reflect on where we are today.

This is never something we do alone. God leads us in reflection, because he alone knows our hearts,

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Ps 139:23-24)

With a new year beginning today, it’s a great time to reflect on you and God. Ask his help to evaluate your spiritual health. These evaluations easily turn into healthy plans and goals, the sort committed to the Lord and his will, not our own (Prov. 16:3).

Here are a few questions to help you reflect on your Spiritual health in 2013:

1. How have you seen God at work in your life this year? What prayers were answered?

2. In what ways did you grow personally this year? In what ways are you believing, understanding, and/or experiencing the gospel more deeply?

3. What did you learn about God this year?

4. What did you learn about yourself this year?

5. What sin patterns in your life has God been revealing to you? How can you fight it (what do you need to believe about the gospel to fight it)?

6. What concerns/problems do you see in your marriage, family and friendships? What personal changes do you need to make?

7. What concerns/problems do you see within your work? What personal changes do you need to make?

8. Are there any conversations you need to have in order to resolve conflict, confess sin, help correct/restore someone spiritually?

9. What areas would you like to grow in this year? How will you do this?

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