Resolutions tend to fall out of our reach because they typically encompass a decision that’s made with other people. The only one that doesn’t incorporate other people’s opinions is “New Year’s resolutions.” For Christians, new year’s resolution ideas need to be made prayerfully. We want to know what God is asking of us so we can stand firmly in striving towards these things.
Many Christians have discovered that they aren’t alone in making certain types of resolutions each year. Here are some of the most common new year resolution’s ideas that you may want to prayerfully consider adopting for yourself.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. – Jeremiah 29:11
We should start each day with prayer. Otherwise, we’ll walk blindly through our day failing to realize or even understand God’s will in our lives that day. Taking time each morning to align our will with our Father’s will helps us to walk into the day filled with confidence regardless of what may come our way.
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. – Hebrews 10:24-25
Online ministries have an important role to play in evangelism today. However, we mustn’t neglect the physical gathering together with other believers. Actively participating in both online and offline ministries helps keep us sharp.
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. – Proverbs 27:17
Whenever we learn something new, our brains spend a lot of effort creating a pathway for the new information. There are many of these pathways created throughout our lives as we learn who we are and who God is. As we seek His will He’ll lead us to articles, forums, groups, and videos He wants us to learn from.
As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. – 1 Peter 4:10
Frequently, we don’t know how much we know until we’re willing to share it with others. What we may consider “common knowledge” may not be “common knowledge” for someone else. God has given each of us gifts and talents to use in edifying each other and building His Kingdom. Taking the time to share these gifts and talents should be one of your new year’s resolution ideas this year.
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Each year people make new year’s resolutions about how they want to look and feel. We’re inundated by programs promising to help us meet our goals in these areas of our lives. Unfortunately, this mindset allows comparison to easily creep into our lives. Instead of concerning yourself with what others are doing, ask God what good habits He wants you to start in your life this year.
New year’s resolutions are between you and God. Sure, you may wish to share them with your friends and family but you need to ask God what He wants you to do this year. The categories that were shared here are meant to help you center your prayer time. Once you’ve prayed and sought God’s will for your life this year, ask Him to help you achieve them for His glory.