- Spend more time with family and friends
- Make time for a regular fitness routine
- Lose weight
- Quit smoking
- Enjoy life more
- Quit drinking
- Get out of debt
- Learn something new
- Help others
- Get organized
With a few adjustments, six of the top ten New Year’s Resolutions can become Faith Resolutions. Simply add a faith element to them as a step towards a healthier faith life. Studies have shown the important role adults play in the faith formation of children and youth. Vibrant Faith Ministries names five principles for passing on faith. Two of them are: “Faith is caught more than it is taught” and “If we want Christian children and youth, we need Christian adults.” In order to begin processing what it entails to have a healthier faith life, it is important for the leadership of the church to uplift faith practices and identify resources for the congregation to enable adults to grow in faith. The end result will be faith-filled children and youth.
Suggestions for beginning the New Year one step at a time:
- Spend more time with family and friends - Set aside 5-10 minutes at a consistent time each day to be intentional about having a caring conversation with family and friends. How was your day? What was great? What disappointed you?
- Make time for a regular prayer routine – Decide as a family to say a prayer together at dinner time, bed time, or before school/work. The prayer can be short and the same every time to build a ritual. Uplift prayers already done or identify new times to pray together as a way to establish a family tradition.
- Enjoy life more – If you take #1 seriously and make it a regular practice for the family, it is inevitable you will deepen relationships. When you really begin to know one another, you enjoy being together and life is more enjoyable.
- Learn something new – Find a good resource for a daily devotion and take time to read a Bible verse daily. As a family, relate it to something in your own lives as a new way to understand scripture. Even familiar verses reveal something new each time we read them.
- Help others – As a family, choose a simple act of kindness to do each week/month. Start with kindness to one another in your own home. Over time reach out to a friend or family in need.
- Get organized – Choose to actively engage in one of the suggestions listed above. Be consistent. Organize and synch calendars to identify a check-in time with friends or family to hold yourself accountable to your Faith Resolution.
Beginning to take any one of these steps seriously is a good start to the New Year and can make a difference in our faith lives at home and in our faith communities.
You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. (Ephesians 2:8)