Looking Back From The Future

New Year’s Resolutions are, statistically speaking, not worth making. Last I heard, the average resolution lasts for about nine days. Those aren’t great odds. So instead of setting resolutions you won’t keep, here’s my advice for the coming year.

Imagine that it’s the end of 2016. Christmas is over and in you’re that quiet stretch before New Year’s Eve where you can rest and catch up a bit. You’re reflecting on 2016. If you asked yourself these questions, how would you hope to be able to answer them?

What was the greatest thing I did with or for my family this year?

Where would my family say I messed up the most?

What was the most important thing I accomplished in my ministry?

What was my biggest ministry failure this year?

Which non-essentials used up most of the time I wasted this year?

Which important projects should I have invested in more?

Rather than come up with a trite resolution like get more sleep or lose weight, use the questions above to guide your decisions in the coming year about where and how you invest your time and resources.

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