Welcoming in the New Year 2020

Some questions that might help you let go of 2019 and move into 2020 with clarity and renewed focus

The following questionnaire was shared with me a few years back by a fellow writer who wished to be anonymous but who gave me full permission to share it with others. It’s a good thing they wanted to be anonymous as I honestly forget which of my fellow writers permitted me to use this! If you are reading this and you are the author, thanks once again! I’ve added a couple of questions of my own to the mix.

I plan on spending some time in answering these questions as I feel the year 2020 will be an important one. Yes, I realise that 2020 will be used as an illustration ad nauseam in many a blog, vlog, and sermon this year but bear with me.  Hindsight is 2020, so looking back at 2019 with gratitude could give us clarity as to how we can move forward in 2020. We can learn from our mistakes and our successes as we move forward.  By asking ourselves the following questions, we can enter the year 2020 with intentionality, renewed focus, and fresh vision.

And so, I present to you this little questionnaire.  I would gently suggest you don’t hurry through these questions. If you don’t have an immediate answer, consider taking a few moments to think about it. Come back another day if need be. Ask God for his opinion and wait expectantly for his reply!

What was my best memory from 2019? Why?

What was God’s favourite thing I did in 2019?

How can live my year to give room for activities that would bless God’s heart and make my heart happy as well?

What were my most valuable five relationships this year? Why?

Which relationships will I invest time and energy in this year?

What were the most fruitful/productive areas of my life?

What areas of my life do I want to give priority to in 2020? Do my priorities line up with God’s priorities?

Who or what do I want to invest in over the coming year? What does God think? How will I set up my finances or time to allow that? What are my goals when giving of my finances and time?

Are there any projects I started but that I didn’t finish? Why weren’t they finished?

What projects should I carry forward into the New Year?

What plans should be put on hold for a season?

How can I better direct my energy this year?

Do I have anyone to forgive?

Were their situations this past year that have shaken me that I need to discuss with God for His perspective?

What were my most life-giving and life-stealing habits this year?

How can I reinforce or change these habits in 2020?

What was my area of most significant growth?

How can I grow next year? What is in God’s heart for me?

What am I thankful for?

What dreams am I carrying into 2020?

Father God, in this hurry-scurry world we live in we have dictated our schedules and attempted to manage our own time, only to be met with frustration and anxiety. We have failed to remember that our lives are no longer our own. We’ve been bought with a great price. Our days are no longer solely ours to do with as we wish. Indeed, our time belongs in your hands. Father, we choose to wait on you as we pour over our day planners and monthly calendars. We give you your rightful place, and we give you full permission to rearrange our priorities and our to-do lists as you see fit. Remind us that our time, finances, and schedules are best left in your hands, not only for our benefit but for the benefit of all those you wish your love to touch through us this coming year.

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©2019 Katherine Walden

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