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Questions to Challenge Your Growth This Year

As we enter the New Year of 2011, it’s important to have specific direction if we’re to grow intentionally. While preparing questions to challenge myself, a friend sent me something Dr. Don Whitney had written. I combined some of his with mine since he has some good questions also.  You may have more of your own.  This is a suggestion for you to use as a guideline to begin & track your growth this year.

(1) What’s ONE thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God? (2) What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?  (3) What’s the most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?  (4) In what spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?  (5) What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?  (6) For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?  (7) What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in 10 years? In eternity?   (8) Who do you most want to encourage this year?   (9) What is your plan for reading the Bible this year? (10) In what area of your life do you need to improve and what’s your plan for it?   (11) What trip do you want to take this year?    (12) What ministry or service do you want to be involved in and when are you going to do it?   (13) What person or family do you want to bless secretly this year who could not pay you back?  (14) What strongholds, sins, attitudes, or bad habits are you going to pray God for freedom from this year?   (15) What pain, bitterness, grudge, jealousy, resentment, or past experience are you going to release and let go this year?   (16) What attitude or spirit (pride, envy, etc. ) do you most want God to convict of before it takes root this year? (17) How do you plan to put God first in your finances, your marriage, your plans this year?    (18) What lesson did you learn last year from experience that you will be wiser for this new year?  (19) What specific goals have you written out for your better health this year?   (20) What are you going to do now with this list? Remember, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been“.

Have a Great New Year!


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