Questions are a sign of curiosity and humility. They fascinate us and often remind us of a childlike innocence. I find questions very useful in my spiritual development. They are allies and tools of growth – if they are used and used smartly.
Here are some question I find useful at the end of the year and the beginning of a new one:
- What mistakes can I learn from – looking back at the last 12 months?
- What relationship needs forgiving, healing or restoring due to trauma in the past few months?
- What can I celebrate – looking back – and show gratitude to God and others?
- What has been God doing in my life – could I sum it up in a sentence?
- What regrets do I need to bring back and leave at the foot of the cross?
- What habit/ hobby is my greatest enemy in time wasting and how can I change that?
- What destructive habits/ hurtful attitudes do I need to change in the year ahead?
- What would a dream year look like – emotionally, physically, spiritually and relational?
- Whose life would I like to see changed through my actions and words in the next year, and what will I do about it?
- What is my plan for my spiritual growth: Bible reading, prayer, serving, connecting?
I encourage you to take some time to ponder, pray, maybe write down some answers and even get together with a trusted friend, spouse or mentor and talk and pray through this.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
We had a ‘different’ kind of weekend. With the battering from Desmond (the storm), many in our region have been affected by either floods or power cuts or sometimes both. It brought back memories from my childhood experience in Romania, when we lived through scheduled power cuts and limited availability of hot water for sometimes a couple of hours a day (good luck if you lived on the top floor).
It made me realize how vulnerable we are – in spite of our apparent over confidence in the trinkets we have available in the Western world. You just don’t mess with nature’s frightening force….
It made me realize that I have no idea how hard it must be for some to be elderly and trapped, to see your beloved home become unlivable and not be able to communicate and find out how your loved ones are…
It made me realize how dependent we are on technology and how that that makes us isolated, impractical, un-creative and ultimately ‘dumb’….
It made me realize how much we fill our minds with silly distractions, instead of reflecting and engaging in relationships….
It made me realize that people still care and have a longing to reach out to others, less fortunate than themselves…
It made me realize how much I love the British calm and the humour that gets thrown in – instead of bitterness and anger…
It made me realize how resilient my congregation are, ready to do whatever it takes to be together and encourage one another….
Also, get a battery operated radio (tune into your local station), have torches, batteries, candles and a corded (is that what you call them?0 phone available for these kind of events….