Look at your calendar and schedule an hour to put your plan together. Make an appointment for yourself to be alone with God, maybe in the morning or in the evening.
Spend an hour reflecting and praying. It may be helpful for you to think in these five categories: spiritual, relational, intellectual, emotional, and physical. Do an honest self-assessment. Ask God to reveal the answer to this question: What changes do I most need to make in order to experience a life of passion?
12 for 2012: 12 Spiritual growth plan questions for 2012
1. What do you most regret about last year and what will you do to change things this year?
2. What is the biggest time-waster in your life and what will you do about it this year?
3. If those who know you best gave you one piece of advice, what would they say and what will you do about it?
4. What will you read and memorize in scripture this year?
5. What books, CDs, and podcasts will you learn from this year?
6. What promises (see Isaiah 40-66) do you need to claim/blessings do you need to seek from God in prayer this year? (What is the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?)
7. How will you deepen your prayer life this year – crying out for personal, corporate, and community revival?
8. Who most needs your encouragement/mentoring this year and how will you go about doing this for them?
9. What are some changes you will make to improve the quality of your family life this year?
10. How will you live out “Missio Dei”, joining God in His mission to bless the broken and heal the hurting so that others will come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord? (For example, implement the “One Year, One Person, One Soul” prayer and outreach strategy.)
11. How will you grow in your generosity to your church and other ministries this year? (Think priority giving – Matthew 6:33; percentage giving – Malachi 3:8-10; and progressive giving – II Peter 3:18).
12. Who will hold you accountable to implement your spiritual growth plan?
Write down your plan. Call them goals. Call them “foundational practices for a passionate life.” Call them whatever you want; but be realistic. Don’t set the bar so high that you end up discouraged if you should fail.
Once you come up with your plan, write it down. Keep it visible.
Share your plan with your family and with your Community Group. Find an accountability partner. Then beg God to build your foundations deeper in 2012.