From our conversations and observations there can be little doubt that the pace of life is so intense these days that the one thing which often gets neglected or squeezed out is providing time for spiritual nurture and reflection. If that is true perhaps these two questions could serve us well:
1. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
2. What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what's one way you could go about doing that?
My personal realization is that my life currently is filled with doing things for God much more than pursuing intimacy with Him. The words of Chuck Swindoll are the most challenging in this regard, "Noise and words and frenzied, hectic schedules dull our senses, closing our ears to His still, small voice and making us numb to His touch."
Note: These reflections were written by a pastor friend of mine who will lead his congregation into the new year with a desire to see them develop a deeper intimacy with God. That is my desire for myself, for you and for the body of Christ at large. I trust that this will be a year when you discover God, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit in a deeper, fuller way. God bless you on the journey. - David W. Fisher