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2020's New Year Goals for a Christian

Bible Quiet Time New Year Goals

Happy New Year! Happy New Decade! The 2020’s is upon us and I’ve been thinking of some goals for this year. To keep it brief, I’ve only included 3 related to the spiritual life:


1) Devotion Time in the Morning

Having devotion time early in the morning has worked best. I stopped for a while and had the mindset of “I’ll just do it later in the day”. Almost certainly, something will come up: phone calls, package delivery, chores, etc. Note, if you are ever waiting for a package, just start your devotion and someone will be knocking on your door to deliver a package (kidding, but it does happen). Early devotion time would also clear the mind up for the rest of the day.


Jesus practiced early morning devotion: And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35 ESV). I remember listening to a sermon mention that if you don’t do devotion before 9 am, the chances drops tremendously that you would do it at all later in the day. There’s quote that goes something like this: If the devil can’t make you bad, he will make you busy.


2) Develop a Mental Model / Timeline of the Gospel Events

If you’ve ever read the Gospels, there are overlapping and parallel events that happens within the books. It gets confusing. I found a pamphlet that lays out the events of the Gospel. There’s a side by side comparison and references so that I could follow along. It’s a lot easier to wrap my head around the life of Jesus when the events are in a chronological order. Using a chart / graph in devotion is not what one would consider the typical spiritual endeavor, but whatever works. If I’m feeling ambitious, I might also try this with the genealogy that led up to Jesus.


3) A Consistent Sabbath day

Number Four on the Big Ten is: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work” (Exodus 20:8-9). This is more relevant than ever in the fast pace and always connected world that we live in. Having a true day off will strengthen our trust in God. Things will not break down while we are away. Rest helps regenerate the mental and physical body.

A true day off develops discipline to finish tasks within a given time frame. It forces you to do the most important work with the limited time available. I’ve tried using a stopwatch when working. The stopwatch is on when doing work. When I start to wander or get off track, I pause it. The perceived work time and actual work time is a Lot different. If a 24 hour break is not possible, try 12, try 16, and work your way up.


Have a blessed start to the New Year!

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