New Year New You!
By Rebekah McCoy
Here we are, the start of a new year. It’s a time of opportunities, new goals, re-established ambitions, and second chances. If you’re like me, your new year’s resolutions often reflect off of the past year and what it held. Well, based on that thought, here are just a few ways your 2018 can be better than your 2017.
1. Read your Bible through.
The goal of reading your Bible through is to get you to read your Bible every day. Getting the Word of God in you every day is very rewarding. It stimulates spiritual growth and makes your day so much better.
2. Little acts of kindness.
Every day look for something nice you can do for someone else. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant gesture, just a little something small but shows you care.
3. Be more social less media!
Social media has become very popular. A lot of times when you go out in public, you see most people looking at, or indulging in some sort of electronic device. This year, I challenge you to get off your phone and spend more time in face to face conversations.
4. Be more consistent with your prayer life
Prayer is the best way to improve your relationship with God. It’s like your relationship with your best friend. In order to have a good relationship with that person, you have to have communication. The more time you spend talking to God the more your faith and trust in Him grows.
5. Find the positive.
Life happens to us all; situations that are worse than others do occur. Instead of moping about wondering why, just decide in your mind that God has a plan and look for the good in your situation.
6. Rest more.
For those of us who stay pretty busy, sleep is not always our top priority. But sometimes sleep is exactly what we need. Just put it all aside and rest. You will find yourself more proficient in your work and less stressed.
7. Win a soul.
Everyone living for God is called to be a soul winner, to share this Truth. If you’re filled with the Holy Ghost, you are called to share the gospel. Winning a soul is addicting; once you’ve won one you don’t wanna stop. It’s not only fulfilling to the spiritual man but it also builds your faith. Just think, your working in God’s kingdom!
8. Visit a place you’ve never been before.
Don’t go to the same places all the time. Go out and try something new. Whether that be a restaurant you’ve never tried or shop at a different grocery store. What’s wrong with getting out of the same old same old, am I right?
9. Finish a chapstick.
Okay girls, we all know the struggles of holding on to the same chapstick for more than a month and a half. This year as a fun, lighthearted goal try to not only keep a chapstick longer than usual but also to finish it completely.
10. Finish what you start
I know I’m not the only one who has little projects laying around that have never been finished. Make time to complete some of those projects that have been so easily set aside with plans to “finish it later.”
We all have those days when it seems like nothing is coming together. You’re late for that important event, you can’t find anything you need for the day, then you look around and your room looks like a pigs pen, which adds to the stress of the oh so early morning. Make it a point to keep things tidy this year. It just makes you feel a lot better to keep things clean.
12. Take up a new hobby.
Find something you can do, just for fun. Do you like music? Learn how to play a new instrument. Do you like the outdoors? Maybe you’ll enjoy fishing or hiking.
13. Better eating habits.
Ok, I know what you’re thinking…” this is really cliche.” Although it may be a goal that is frequently set, it is important. By choosing better eating habits you are ensuring your body’s health. 1 Cor. 6:19 says, “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?” Eating healthier shows that you are taking care of what is God’s.