Are you part of the 41% of people who usually make New Year’s resolutions each year?
I definitely am. I LOVE making resolutions and setting goals — the bigger the better!
And not just on New Year’s either, but at the beginning of the school year, the beginning of each month, the beginning of each week — even the beginning of each day sometimes!
But a few years ago, I noticed something: My resolutions list didn’t match my priorities.
What I mean is — If growing in faith is truly my #1 priority in life, shouldn’t it top my list of resolutions too?
Sure, there’s nothing wrong with losing weight, paying off debt, or growing this blog… but what about my faith? What about my Christian New Year’s Resolutions? Where were those??
Hmmm… that’s a good question…
So I went ahead and compiled a list of 20 Christian New Year’s Resolutions. Thought it might spark some ideas (for me and you!) and be helpful in picking a really good one.
I’ll share that in a minute. But first… a quick tip…
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How to Set Christian New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep
Before you even choose your Christian New Year’s Resolutions, I feel like I should warn you — it’s a pretty commonly quoted statistic that only 8% of people keep their New Year’s Resolutions each year.
Yikes! That’s terrible!
In other words: It isn’t enough to just say “I’m going to do XYZ this year.” You ALSO need a plan to help you follow through — and I have just the thing:
“Grace Goals” is a Christian goal-setting resource that helps you pair the power of setting goals with the power of the Holy Spirit, and honestly, I’ve never seen anything else quite like it.
Most goal-setting/productivity resources out there simply help you break down your goal into manageable steps and track your progress. Which is good, but it’s not enough.
Grace Goals is different because it’s a Bible-based resource that compiles super practical step-by-step help while ALSO helping you tap into the promises of Scripture to achieve real, powerful break-through.
The kind you simply can’t achieve on your own – but you absolutely can when you have God Himself on your side and you’re walking in the center of HIS will for your life.
So if you want to be like the majority of people this year — who set resolutions and then completely forget about them only a few weeks later, that’s fine. You can do that.
But if you’re serious about actually following through on your resolutions this year (whether they are Christian New Year’s Resolutions or just normal ones), I’d absolutely recommend this resource to help you out.
(And yes, I totally bought my copy already 🙂 )
And now — on to the list of Christian New Year’s Resolutions!
20 Christian New Year’s Resolutions To Help You Grow in Faith
*Note: Feel free to take these and adapt them however you like or use them to inspire new ideas altogether. These are only suggestions!
1. Read Your Bible 20 Minutes a Day, Every Day
This was actually the goal I set for myself at the beginning of this school year (4 months ago!) and I’m still going strong. In fact, I already completed the entire New Testament and am several books into the Old.
My secret? This Quiet Time Planning Guide. It’s super helpful — and it’s free!
2. Go to Church Every Week
Is going to church really necessary? I think it is. And New Years is the perfect time to get back in the habit if it’s been a while.
3. Set Aside 15 Minutes Each Day to Pray
Have you gotten out of the habit of praying regularly? New Year’s is a great time to start setting that time aside once again. Even if you’re busy — you still have time for God. You just have to make it.
For example, you could:
- Wake up 15 minutes earlier
- Pray in the shower
- Pray while you’re doing your hair/make-up
- Pray during your morning or evening commute
- Pray on your lunch break
- Pray while making dinner
- Pray with your kids before they go to sleep every night
The possibilities are endless!
4. Join a Bible Study
Does your church have a regular Bible study or do you know of one in your area? If not — ask around! You can even create your own. This is a great way to dig into the Bible for greater insights and to get some good accountability in your life.
5. Try Fasting
Fasting is a spiritual discipline that is very powerful, but often overlooked. Maybe this year is the year you want to read up on it and try it out?
6. Ask a Friend to Church
Do you have any non-Christian friends, family or co-workers? Maybe this year is the year you finally get brave enough to invite them to church with you. The worst they can say is no, right?
7. Begin Volunteering
Have a little extra time on your hands right now? Why not try volunteering?
Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas:
- Five Ways You Can Help Your Community
- 10 Community Service Projects Perfect for Introverts
- 75 Ways You Can Serve Your Church
8. Start Tithing
The Scriptures are very clear — Christians are called to be generous. If you haven’t gotten in the tithing habit yet, now is a great time to start.
9. Read a Certain Number of Christian Books Each Month
While the Bible is the most important book you’ll read all year, there are tons of other books out there that can help encourage you, challenge you and strengthen your faith.
I would definitely recommend Putting God First: How to Make God the #1 Priority in Every Area of Your Life if you haven’t read it yet.
Otherwise, here are a couple lists full of more great book ideas you’re sure to love:
10. Memorize Scripture
When is the last time you intentionally sat down to memorize Scripture? Has it been a while? If so, this year is a great opportunity to start back up again! I can’t even tell you how helpful it is to have a wealth of Scriptures right in my mind for easy access (and I know I still have a lot of work to do in this area!)
Think this might be a good Christian New Year’s Resolution for you? These articles will help:
- 5 Reasons All Christians Should Memorize Scripture
- 10 Verses Every Christian Should Know by Heart
- 6 Comforting Bible Verses for Hard Times (Plus free printable!)
11. Forgive Past Grudges
The Bible makes it abundantly clear — if you are a Christian, you are expected to forgive those who have hurt you. Note: This doesn’t mean what they did is okay or that you need to allow them the ability to do it again, but you do need to get rid of any grudges or unforgiveness you may be harboring in your heart.
This article should help: Four Things Every Christian Needs to Know About Forgiveness
12. Break an Addiction
Do you have any addictions in your life right now? It doesn’t have to be a drug addiction or drinking problem. It could be something as seemingly small as being too attached to your phone, too attached to cookies for comfort, or too attached to social media.
Galatians 5:1 tells us “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
What do you need freedom from today?
13. Find a Mentor or Accountability Partner
It’s one thing to say you’re going to make a change in your life — it’s another to find someone to keep you accountable to actually make that change. If you’re feeling stuck — or just serious about changing — find a mentor or accountability partner to help hold you accountable.
14. Be a More Loving/Involved Wife, Mother or Friend
I think we’re all guilty of letting our relationships slide a bit at times. Ready to make this year the year you change that? Don’t promise to just “do better.” Get specific. What are 1-5 specific actions you are going to do this year to improve your relationships and when are you going to do them?
15. Be Content With What You Have
It can be difficult to be content in America. There are always ads and commercials surrounding us, reminding us to want more, more, more. This year — maybe you want to get intentional about fighting that urge. Perhaps you’d like to try a “No Spend” month, and then save that money for something important or give it to charity?
16. Keep the Sabbath
This is another Biblical guideline that is allll too easy to overlook, and yet I don’t think God intended it to be optional. What can you cut out or cut back on this year to leave room for rest and Sabbath?
17. Refuse to Gossip
Are you guilty of gossiping? Maybe this year is the year you decide to change that. If so, here are a couple articles that may help:
18. Listen to Christian Music
This one is super easy, but it can make a world of difference. Put on Christian radio in the car, at work, or even while you’re cleaning the house and see how it changes your mood, your outlook and even the atmosphere of your home!
19. Stop Complaining
Are you guilty of complaining? Philippians 2:14 reminds us to “Do everything without complaining and arguing.”
Trust me, I know how satisfying it can be to complain about slow drivers, annoying people at work, opinionated people on Facebook, and grocery cashiers who put raw meat in with raw vegetables (seriously people!), but in this case, it really is best to just bite your tongue.
20. Do Random Acts of Kindness
This is a fun one — and it’s actually really easy to do if you’re willing to get creative! Choose a set number to do every week or month, and get your kids involved if you can. It will be well worth it!
Here are a few ideas to get you started thinking:
- 52 Random Acts of Kindness for a More Charitable New Year
- Why You Shouldn’t Do Acts of Kindness (and What You Should Do Instead!)
So, what Christian New Year’s Resolutions are you making this year?
I’d really encourage you — don’t just pick one at random and say you’re going to do it. Take some time to prayerfully consider what will best help you grow in faith.
And then make sure you check out Grace Goals to help you create the plan to actually accomplish it.
Just think: How AMAZING is it going to be this time next year when you can look back and see all the progress you’ve made and all the ways you’ve grown?
The journey starts now! Check out Grace Goals today.
Are you setting any Christian New Year’s Resolutions This Year? What ones are you setting? (Do you know yet?)
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