Taking Our Bearings

January 2013

Not so long ago, people traveling in unfamiliar territory had to know how to look up, take their bearings and then to plot their present location and their best course to their desired destination. The advent of GPS has made those physical skills less significant, but in many areas of life wise people recognize to take their bearings. Unfortunately, in the most significant areas of life, there are no GPS systems to help us in that process. So, prayerfully, and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, wise people choose to take time for self-evaluation and goal setting. The beginning of a new year obviously provides a helpful and appropriate time to do just that. Donald Whitney has suggested ten questions to ask ourselves and I pass them on to you for your consideration.

  • What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
  • What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?
  • What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life
  • this year?
  • In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?
  • What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
  • What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
  • For whose salvation will you pray most fervently
  • this year?
  • What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?
  • What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
  • What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?

As Whitney observes, “The value of many of these questions is not in their profundity, but in the simple fact that they bring an issue or commitment into focus. Even those most faithful to God occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of their lives. It’s so easy to bump along from one busy week to another without ever stopping to ponder where we’re going and where we should be going.” These questions may provide a tool to help you in that process.
Gary Inrig

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One Response to “Taking Our Bearings”

  1. Denise Danby says:

    Thanks for sharing this blog Gary and for the questions included, they are excellent questions to help us start a new year with the Lord as the priority. Terry and I went over the questions together and wrote down our answers. we printed two copies and each put a copy in our bibles to remind us of what we said. We are praying for you all, especially for Janice right now. I have gone through my own valley this year, from July to Jan. I’m doing very well now and I’m going back to work – teaching 3rd grade this Friday, Jan. 11. God is GREAT! Love, Denise and Terry PS. We listen to all your teachings and God has used you in our lives so much, especially these last 7 months!! thank you! We especially love the teaching from Dec. 2, 2012 about Peace.