5 God-Honoring New Year’s Resolutions
With the new year on the horizon, have you been spending ample amount of time reflecting on what and how you’d like to change your life in the coming year? Whether it is eating healthier or exercising more, these are the resolutions that are top on everyone’s list. However, do you still feel like there is something major missing?
While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to eat right or keep yourself fit, scripture tells us that pursuing God should be our number one goal.
If faith is our priority in life, shouldn’t it be on top of our resolutions lists too?
With that in mind, here are just a couple of ways you can resolve to live a life closer to God. What’s great about these resolutions is that you can start working on these at any point in the year.
1. Place your trust in God
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Start your year with the intention of completely trusting God with your life. Let go off things that are not within your control and instead trust in the promise of God’s plan for you. Remember, He’s got your back.
2. Live more, worry less
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Let this be the year when you finally let go of the burden of worry you’ve been holding onto, for as long as you remember. Surrender your worries to him. Anytime you notice anxious thoughts lingering around in your head, remind yourself that God has it under control. It might not be easy at first, but with continued prayer, these thoughts will slowly & surely fade away.
3. Give your love to others
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)
In the scriptures, Jesus tells us that the second greatest commandment is to - “love others.'' Learn to love others, like God did. In the coming year be more kind to all, even those who don’t treat you well. Have meaningful relationships, lend a helping hand to those in need and befriend the person you would typically ignore
4. Respect your body
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
This year make a constant effort to treat your body with care & respect. God tells us that our bodies are living, breathing temples of the Holy Spirit - so take care of it. Fuel it with healthy foods and drink more water. When the common New Year’s resolution of eating healthy and staying fit is aligned with honoring God, we become more likely to achieve it.
5. Spend more time with God
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
The scriptures tell us that through Christ, we can do all things. As you head into the new year, grow your personal relationship with God. He will supply you with the wisdom & strength to live life as He planned.