For those of us who are in school, we have just started a new section of our lives. For me, it is my sophomore year in college. Every year around this time I make new resolutions, think about my priorities, and set some goals. As I was starting this process towards the end of the summer, I was struggling. This summer presented me with the questions of how my life is glorifying the Lord and what does living out my faith look like for me, and I honestly couldn’t figure it out without getting overwhelmed and freaking out. But He knew what I was going through and what I was in need of, and dropped a gift into my lap. I was flipping through an old journal (that I literally wrote in like once) and found two sheets of paper. I have no memory of where they came from, who gave them to me, nothing. But they were perfect.
These questions challenged me in my faith, but in a unique way. They touch on everything from relationships to prayer to simply enjoying God. So, here it is.
1. What is one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God? This one caught me off guard a little. I had never thought of enjoying God, but it is something I believe we all need to do more of.
2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year? Again, it caught me off guard. It is so easy to put God in a box with our prayer. We know He can do the impossible, but sometimes we don’t think He honestly will do it. But prayer is a powerful thing, and most of us do not use it to it’s greatest potential.
3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year? As a college student, it is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of school. Classes, events, clubs, the list continues. But this year I want my family to be a priority in my life as well – even if it is something as simple as making a phone call to the members who aren’t local.
4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it? I loved how this question makes you identify a need and make an action plan to accomplish it. Got Questions identifies spiritual disciplines mainly as prayer and the reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating on Scripture. My answer was yes for all.
5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year? Boom. As a procrastinator by nature, I know all about time-wasters. But they say that the first step in correcting a problem is recognizing you have one, so this is a good question to ask ourselves.
6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church? We are told in 1 Corinthians 12 that each of us make up a different member of the body. We are called as part of the church to strengthen the body. Just as your eyes enable your limbs to do their jobs effectively, so you support your church body and enable them to do their jobs effectively.
7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently for this year? Again, boom. I love that this helps prioritize my prayer requests. When I have something as a top priority, I am much more inclined to pursue it more actively than if I never identify it as a top priority. And again, prayer is the most powerful weapon that we can wield.
8. What’s the most important way that you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year? I think we are all guilty of those New Year’s resolutions that we break by the end of January. But this simplifies it. Instead of going in and making these goals to get in shape, save a certain amount of money, participate more in church, etc. it gives us one simple change that we can make.
9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year? Prayer is the most powerful weapon that God has given us. It is direct communication with Him. Needless to say, it deserves attention.
10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity? Talk about perspective. At least half of my to-do list every day won’t matter in one year, much less ten, much less eternity. This is such a good reminder to have a much more long-term focus than what I often do.
After reading this, I would challenge you to answer them honestly. Take the time to really think about your responses. You can answer them all at once, or a couple at a time. There were a few that I thought about for a few days. But these questions have helped me to define my faith and how it looks in my life, and I hope that it will do the same for you. I would love to hear your answers to some of these! Comment below to share. 🙂
p.s. For a printable version of these questions click here.