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What Will You Do In 2016?

My wife is a nutrition counselor. Can you guess her busiest time of year? January. And that’s true despite the widely recognized reality that New Year’s resolutions rarely stick. Some research shows that about a quarter of those who make resolutions abandon them within seven days. The ticker tape is still being cleared from the streets of Time Square when some have given up. And only about eight percent of those who make resolutions report success in achieving their goals.

Still, the transition from one year to the next is a good time to assess the various spheres of our lives and to evaluate the health of our relationships to God and others. Here are several helpful resources you might consider.

Biblical Productivity

Sixty short pages on how to make progress toward being fruitful rather than just being busy. C. J. Mahaney suggests that to do this, you need to 1) define your God-given roles, 2) develop specific, theologically informed goals, and 3) transfer these goals into your schedule.

A Do-It-Yourself Marriage Retreat

Several pages of questions to consider along with your spouse to evaluate the condition of your marriage.

How to Change Your Mind

For those who have started through-the-year Bible reading plans too many times to count, but have never once finished, here’s an alternative idea that might be a welcome relief to you.

What Is Your Bible Reading Plan for 2016?

This blog post by Tim Challies provides links to a number of different Bible reading plans, some that take you through the Bible in a year, and others that serve as a guide through portions of the Bible rather than the whole. (Here’s a post from last year with even more options.)