The Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions for Christians #ad

There is nothing in the Bible about New Year’s resolutions; that said, many Christians make them. In fact, forty-five percent of Americans polled said they always make New Year’s resolutions. The most popular is to better oneself through more education, or other things like acquiring a new language. Forty-seven percent said they intend to make this positive move. Thirty-eight percent of us are determined to lose weight in the coming year. Thirty-four percent of Americans want to get a better grasp of their finances and thirty-one percent wants to improve relationships. Three-fourths of us will keep those commitments past one week, but only forty-six percent will still be working at it at the six-month mark.

Should Christians be making different resolutions? Should their goals be more spiritual? According to many churches and pastors, they should. Of course, there will be Christians will want to lose weight and there is nothing wrong with wanting to become more educated. Still, there are other considerations that resonate with the Christian faith. Many pastors who have Internet presences seem to agree on the resolutions that they would like to see their parishioners adopt.

  • Give up negative things that are hindering you. This may mean smoking, negative friends, drinking too much or any number of behaviors and attitudes that drain us of joy.
  • Feed your spirit more. Read your Bible, pray and meditate.
  • Build relationships with others. Make friends, deepen your marriage commitment and get closer to your children.
  • Be present for other people. Meet needs when you can, whether the need is material or emotional.
  • Practice gratitude.

Those are lofty goals and may be harder to attain than losing weight. Why? Weight loss shows up on the scale. Certificates attest to our higher education. Spiritual goals are highly individual. There is a classroom to support a student and support groups for weight loss. There are no cheerleaders for those who want to become more grateful. Or are there? Most churches that are relevant to their members’ lives have groups and experiences that foster positive change. For instance, Fellowship Church, pastored by ed young, has classes and groups that support the congregation in making positive changes in their lives.

Fellowship is a large church with many campuses and they have the staff and finances to manage the large support network. There are recovery groups for those struggling with addictions and for those dealing with divorce. In fact, there are support groups to address most negative aspects of a Christian life, along with Christian counseling. There are Bible study groups and prayer chains too. There are parent and marriage support groups that help members enrich those most important of all human relationships. The church sponsors several ministries for which people can volunteer as well, becoming present in the lives of individuals and “paying it forward” in group projects.

Not all churches have the financial ability to support such a number of groups. Christians should resolve to higher goals, and they should seek out the support of other believers in keeping that resolve. If there is not a group in your fellowship, seek out a group in another church. That does not mean you have to change churches; it simply means you recognize the worth of other believers in your struggle.

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