Sad to say, I don't have anything very inspiring to say on this topic, myself, today. Others have, though. Here are some spots that offer help in directed thinking, assessment, and evaluation.
- Don Whitney offers Ten Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Year or On Your Birthday. There are actually 31 questions, total. Think of the other 21 as Bonus Questions. Don's aim is to learn from some retrospection, and to put an eternal, Godward perspective on the decisions and life-courses facing us in the coming year.
- Maybe this is a day late, but Doug Phillips (no relation) at Vision Forum offers How to End 2006. My wife Valerie pointed me to him last week, and I found some of Doug's suggestions helpful and thought-provoking.
- Jollyblogger pointed me to a list of 15 Refusals by Douglas Groothuis. Frankly, I find them a somewhat mixed bag, but the upshot is thought-provoking, and what's good is very good.
And knowing in advance that you'll ask: Groothuis' refusals to waste time on trivia, to accept the anti-intellectualism (and even misology) of American evangelicalism, to join those Christians who seldom read or reflect on the Bible, to pose (rather than live), and to speak in cliches or outworn adjectives, are very good, as are his accompanying comments.
But on the other hand, to my mind, Groothuis violates his own last "refusal" when he refuses "to accept the de facto deism of so many evangelicals who do not seek God for supernatural manifestations of Christ's Kingdom (healing, signs and wonders)," and "to consign Christian women to second-class status in the church, the home, or the world." These themselves are outworn clichés, at their best. But they don't destroy the value of the many and weighty positives on the list.
- And finally — though I retain the right to revise and extend my remarks (and this list) — knowing that many of you regard Jonathan Edwards as your homeboy, I remind you all of the Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards.