New Year’s Reminders


New Year’s Resolutions are as overdone as they are easily forgotten. Try this idea to take them to the next level! Ask students to think over their past year and write a letter to themselves.  Give them some spiritual questions to get them started:

  • What is something you learned about God?
  • Who is someone you need to forgive?
  • Who is someone you need to ask forgiveness from?
  • What is something you heard God say to you?
  • What is something you heard a pastor or youth leader say that you don’t want to forget?

Then ask them to place the letter in an envelope, seal it, and address it to themselves. Take the letters up and stick them in a drawer for several months. Sometime around May or June when you are rummaging through your desk and see the letters, mail them.


When he is not playing with his four children with his wonderful wife, Jeremy oversees children, youth, and college ministries in addition to leading the evening worship service at Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, Al. He is passionate about reaching people with the message of Jesus in a way that engages them with the movement of God. Jeremy is the Senior Editor of the Seedbed Youth Ministry Collective and the author of Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry. You can find a list of all his books, articles and resources for churches at his website: