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How to keep your New Year’s resolutions —

By Becca Haines

I used to stare down the barrel of the coming year as if it was just more problems, headaches, budgets and time management.

I used to see the New Year observance as a solidary break from the chaos that was just going to start back up the following week … I hated winter, and it always seemed like when Christmas left it took all the merriment with it.

Well, not this year.

God flipped my world around this past year and I’ve learned to not put any limitations on Him and what He can do with my life. He’s allowed me to write for Him at CIY, He taught me some hard truths when it comes to friendships, and He filled me with a new sense of optimism for the future. Miraculous change is possible when you place your faith and focus on the Heavenly Father, and you’ll experience His guidance over your walk, prayers and goals. These are my three New Year’s resolutions this year, and I’m going to seek them with His guidance.


1. Seek Him first. I’m going to seek the Lord in all things. This seemingly impossible feat is at the top of my resolutions list. Even though I’m utterly broken – and don’t deserve the immeasurable grace God has granted me – I have learned to always seek Him in the way I live. I’m prioritizing this in my life and I hope to please the Father in the way I speak, think of others and serve.


2. Create fruitful friendships. This was a hard lesson God taught me in 2018, but His message got through. He gifted the world with His Church for the purpose of lifting each other up. I exhausted myself last year with a friendship that was not uplifting – in fact it brought out the worst in me. God showed me that I was feeding hate and bitterness through this relationship, and I had to step back from it. Part of my resolution is to not only shine His light in this particular friendship, but to seek out other friendships that will glorify Him.


3. Make healthy choices. It’s totally cliché for a New Year’s resolution – and yes I have a “Lean in 2019” campaign – but losing weight isn’t the only factor in this goal. I’m setting a resolution to take care of my health, and that encompasses my mind and spirit, as well. Prayer time will be coupled with exercise, and finding new ways to let go of some brokenness I’ve been holding onto for several years. I’m going to forgive. I’m going to eat right. I’m going to dedicate more time to serving others. And I’m going to floss more. And when I fail, I’m going to be ready to give myself grace in those moments.


Setting New Year’s resolutions doesn’t have to mean setting yourself up for failure. It’s setting the Lord up to win through you. He’s shown us time and time again what He can do. Don’t limit Him. Find out what you want to accomplish, let it all glorify Him and just watch what He can do with your life.


It’s going to be a Happy New Year.


CIY2017-Color-44.jpgBecca Haines is a communications coordinator for Christ In Youth.