Should Christians Make Resolutions?

There is something magical about the start of a New Year. The unknown of all that it will bring intrigues and excites us all. A tradition that many of us have, as we get ready to ring in a New Year is to create a “New Year Resolution;” a goal that we want to have accomplished in some sort by the end of this year.

Some ask is this biblical? Should Christians set resolutions for themselves or does this demonstrate a lack of faith and trust in God?  Proverbs 16:9 gives us that answer. It says,“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Human beings are designed to have vision and seek out a purpose for their own lives. God created us with the ability to do that on our own. We can have goals and vision and resolutions. But the thing is, we can’t completely hang on to control. The Lord designed us each with a purpose, but we were never meant to carry out that purpose alone. God is not here to work against us and our plans, but with us.

“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).” This verse is sometimes misread as a promise to every Christ-follower; that all of their dreams and goals will come true if they stay close to God. This is true in a way, but not in the way you may think. The Lord may change some of our goals and desires. Our priorities and vision and goals may change, the more we seek Him. But that is all good. It still isn’t sinful to have dreams and goals; just don’t be so committed to them that you don’t allow God to move in your heart.

You have a purpose. You have gifts. You have talents. You have challenges you are facing that you are ready to overcome this year. But you don’t have to do it alone. Let God help you, let Him walk with you, let Him move in your life. If you do, you may not get what you want out of this year; you may in fact get something so much more.

Ephesians 3:20-21  “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

‭‭-Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

So as you can see, we here at Narrative enjoy setting New Year Resolutions for ourselves. Here’s some of what we have for this year:

  • Macy: To get a ministry career and to give up anything I need to in order to not settle for anything less than God's plan for my life.

  • Maddie: To take more risks and do things that scare me. I'm going to be backpacking in Hawaii for a month in January which I wouldn't have thought about doing before, so that's a start. Here's to hoping I can walk again when I get back!

  • Dana: In 2019 I’d like to spend more time establishing myself as a writer and building a portfolio.

  • Ellie: My resolution for 2019 is to take better care of myself and to spend more time working on things that matter to me. I tend to get carried away in giving everything my 100%, even when those things don’t matter at the end of the day. Next year, I want to learn how to discern what’s most important and then use the rest of my time to take care of myself physically, mentally, and spiritually.

  • Mya: My New Year's resolution is to push myself to accomplish more film projects. My goal is to take more time to express my creativity and advance my skills and technique as a filmmaker.

  • Josh: My New Year's resolution is to allow other people to help me accomplish tasks, rather than taking on everything myself. I think that my gifts could be used a lot more effectively if I learn to collaborate with other people more.

Here’s to hoping that God moves in our lives in ways we could never even imagine right now. Join us in jumping into this New Year with goals and faith that God is going to move in our lives and help us to accomplish these goals and more. What is your New Year resolution this year?  

By Macy Waddingham