Christians need to be thinking about the way we live life and the priorities we set. Often, as our families, bosses, neighbors, and the church present us with their priorities we adopt as many as we can. The result usually ends up somewhere around shallow-busyness or a hectic pace.
Seeing that we are coming near the quarantine period in this Covid19 situation, I think it is important for us to look at what we have learned about ourselves, our families, our work, and our churches. On one hand, we have dearly missed some aspects of these relationships. On the other hand, we have been deeply grateful for the dropping off of some aspects of these relationships. God grant us discernment moving forward!
So, relying heavily on Don Whitney’s pattern of asking 10 questions at the start of each new year, I want to propose 10 questions at the end of quarantine.
1. What’s one thing you did (individually or as a family) during quarantine that increased your enjoyment of God?
2. After some alone-time during quarantine, what do you want to see change in you or in your family?
3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year? (This question is straight Don-Whitney-gold)
4. What spiritual discipline did you begin (or grow in) during quarantine and how do you plan to continue in that discipline?
5. Looking back at the way you were doing life, what was the single biggest time-waster, and what will you do to avoid it in the future?
6. What did you miss about gathering with your church and how can you strengthen this part of being the body?
7. Who did you meet or grow to know better in your neighborhood? How can you cultivate that relationship for evangelism or discipleship?
8. What patterns or routines have you adopted that you want to continue through the year? What is your plan?
9. What one thing did you think was important, even crucial, but after quarantine you see it is insignificant?
10. What single thing, that you plan to do now, will matter most in ten years? In eternity? (another Don Whitney question)