31 Things to Do in 2018

I made one New Year’s resolution that I have faithfully kept since 1969, of which I am very proud.  Pretty awesome to make one almost 50 years ago and still be kept?!  Well, my 1969 New Year’s resolution was “I will never make a New Year’s resolution again.”  Not so awesome anymore, huh? 😉

While resolutions may have some benefit, especially if they motivate you to lose a few pounds, bark less at your wife or kids, drive more sensibly, the fact is that most NYR’s are over before the end of January, and we’re back to our old habits.  Like they say, “Old habits die hard.”   So it is not the making of a New Year’s resolution that matters; it is the KEEPING of the resolution.  To resolve is to deal with a matter conclusively; i.e., it should never come up again!  Like wedding vows, like joining the army, like contracts to do business.  To resolve is to settle the issue once and for all.

2018 CalendarCrossway came up with a pretty cool list last week of things that can be done in 2018, not so much as a New Year’s resolution, but as a motivator to living for God more effectively.  The list is posed as a series of questions rather than a list of “resolves.”  With 31 of them you may want to parcel them out one a day for every month with 31 days: January, March, May, July, August, October, and December.

Read over the whole list and think about taking one of these each day this month.  No guilt trip over breaking your New Year’s resolution, just an encouragement to find the Presence of God in your daily life.

“You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.”  C.S.Lewis

  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 single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
  4. In which 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. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
  7. For whose salvation 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 one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
  10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?
  11. What’s the most important decision you need to make this year?
  12. What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what’s one way you could simplify in that area?
  13. What’s the most important need you feel burdened to meet this year?
  14. What habit would you most like to establish this year?
  15. Who is the person you most want to encourage this year?
  16. What is your most important financial goal this year, and what is the most important step you can take toward achieving it?
  17. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your work life this year?
  18. What’s one new way you could be a blessing to your pastor (or to another who ministers to you) this year?
  19. What’s one thing you could do this year to enrich the spiritual legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?
  20. What book, in addition to the Bible, do you most want to read this year?
  21. What one thing do you most regret about last year, and what will you do about it this year?
  22. What single blessing from God do you want to seek most earnestly this year?
  23. In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?
  24. What’s the most important trip you want to take this year?
  25. What skill do you most want to learn or improve this year?
  26. To what need or ministry will you try to give an unprecedented amount this year?
  27. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your commute this year?
  28. What one biblical doctrine do you most want to understand better this year, and what will you do about it?
  29. If those who know you best gave you one piece of advice, what would they say? Would they be right? What will you do about it?
  30. What’s the most important new item you want to buy this year?
  31. In what area of your life do you most need change, and what will you do about it this year?
    1. Repeat: “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.”  C.S.Lewis