Dear Friends in Christ -  

I’m not exactly a great fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I’m all for taking time to prayerfully reflect on our lives – to pause, to seek God, to sort of hit refresh (though it’s never instantaneous!) 

On New Year’s Day a pastor friend posted a list of questions (she borrowed from someone else) on Facebook that helped me do just that, and I thought I’d pass them on to you. 

You could print out the list and then take one question a day, and just mull it over for that day.  Or, you could cut and paste the whole list into a Word document and in one sitting type your responses/reflections under each question.  Maybe consider sharing your thoughts with someone you are close to – a friend or spouse.  Or keep it handy, in your Bible, or at your bedside, and refer to it now and then throughout the year.

Here’s the list of questions (attributed to Donald Whitney, with some slight editing from me):

1.     What’s one thing you might do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?

2.     What’s one of the most humanly impossible things you will ask God to do this year?

3.     What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family or communal life this year?

4.     In which spiritual discipline/practice do you most want to grow 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.     What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?

7.     For whose spiritual growth will you pray most fervently this year?

8.     What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?

9.     What keeps you from praying? What would it take for you to become more prayerful?

10.  What’s one thing you plan to do this year that will matter most in ten years? That will matter most in to kin-dom of God?

This week is Baptism of the Lord Sunday, and our text is Mark 1:4-11. It always raises at least one big question: Why was Jesus, the sinless one, even baptized in the first place?  And Jesus’ baptism always raises questions about the meaning of our baptism as well.  Can’t wait to explore this together!

See you Sunday!                                      

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi