Vista Questions for a Spacious Year
We can hardly help it. The calendar turns not only to a new month but to a new year. We move from a month of busy Christmas celebrations into a vista of 365 open days. Perhaps we see a new slate or canvas, and we are nudged to dream a bit, to hope. Planner-lover or not, we are drawn into the wondrous act of imagining what these days stretching ahead might hold.
In the first days of the year, I sense spaciousness, but often this is momentary. The days quickly fill past my liking and leave little room for really living or for prayerful, intentional choosing and pacing.
Please, Lord, not this year.
Barely begun, it already contains enough. I experience the fullness as pressure and notice I’m nearly holding my breath. Why are so many of us compelled to live this way? Some of what we do isn’t a choice. Much of it is. Isn’t it?
I’m a life coach, so asking questions comes naturally. I even ask myself questions. Often. I included a few below that I hope will create an opportunity for you to lean into prayerful listening to God’s nudges and invitations and for finding his gifts of spaciousness and meaning within this year.
Your year might just be transformed. Not by the questions themselves, but by your answers.
Not because you’ll do more.
Not because you’ll reach the pinnacle of your dreams or goals.
Certainly not because the questions or answers will lead to a perfect year.
But because in looking deeply within and seeing your answers to the questions, you can move through this year with greater intentionality and awareness around what is most meaningful to you.
Take time to jot down your responses. They are more important than the questions themselves. In fact, feel free to use these to prompt a different, better question—one that fits where you are or your curiosity.
Journal thoughts, stories, ideas that come to mind. Take note of any creativity that begins to stir. Pay attention to the quiet invitations and nudges from God.
Connect your responses to the possible whys—not in pursuit of an exact and complete answer, but as an opportunity to be conscious of something important to you.
Why God placed this in your heart.
Why you feel so strongly and deeply about it.
Why something is tugging at you so insistently . . . bringing tears to your eyes . . . exciting you.
Here are eight questions I call vista questions, for helping you see beyond, perhaps deeper. May they provide a beginning view into what can be an amazing year ahead.
In what way can I add beauty to the world?
Looking back across my life’s narrative, what connections do I see between God’s heartbeat for me and my impact?
What relationship can I deepen?
What do I want to do just for fun?
What event or transition in this year is important for me to honor?
Where can I move out of a comfort zone into creative and courageous risk?
What so captivates me that I must somehow make it a part of what I do this year?
What un-goal or practice might I lean into? (un-plug, un-hurry)
Even if you only had time to skim, I hope you discovered something important to you.
One final question for you is:
How will you intentionally honor your discoveries in a way that creates greater meaning and spaciousness in your year?
Share below any initial stirrings about what you are thinking or where God is nudging. We’d love to encourage you or pray for your requests for this year.
You are always in our hearts, Voice of Courage community.
but the Lord establishes their steps.
Proverbs 16:9 NIV