“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
The New Year offers a meaningful opportunity to make a fresh start. But what kinds of resolutions should a Christian make? Reading the Bible daily or attending church more regularly are fine goals, but the motivation behind them is just as important. To carry through on these pledges, it should be both significant and made in good faith. So how do you know if you’re making the right choices? Consider these tips when formulating your New Year resolutions.
Pray for Wisdom
If you’re stumped when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, pray for the wisdom you need to make that decision. Most of us have room to better ourselves, and connecting to the Lord through prayer is the first step to figuring out what steps we should take to do that. You should also pray for the understanding of how to fulfill these goals once they come to you. Remember the words of James: “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (1:5)
Find a Partner
Accountability is one of the best ways to achieve your resolutions. If your promise is to pray every day, enlist the help of your family and loved ones. Communicate with the Lord together. If it’s to read the Bible every day, start a new family tradition with morning Scripture.
Another useful piece of advice is to think of the Lord as your accountability partner. Pray for the strength to accomplish your goals.
Remember that all good work is accomplished through Him because of Him: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, it is he that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5)
Consider Your Inspiration
Losing weight is a common New Year’s resolution, but think about your reasoning before committing to this goal. Do you want to lose weight to achieve the healthy, cared-for vessel that the Lord intended you to have? Or are you doing it for aesthetic reasons, tempted by vanity? This distinction can be the difference between executing your resolution successfully and having it end prematurely.
Use Failure as Motivation
When we stumble in our path to betterment, it can be tempting to give up hope or dash our resolutions altogether. However, we should observe our failures as opportunities to strengthen our faith and resolve: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and He will show you the right way. (Proverbs 3:5-6).
According to research, 80% of us give up on our New Year’s Resolutions by Valentine’s Day. So before you succumb to weak willpower, remember: “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
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