2016 was the year I lost over 50 lbs. I had been wanting to do that for years, but wanting didn’t cut it. So I made a decision, came up with a plan, adjusted it as the year progressed, and eventually reached my goal.
Good wishes don’t lead to change. Change happens when I adopt a course of action until it becomes a habit.
Actually, weight loss wasn’t the only change I took on in 2016. I also took up the habit of daily journalling, which I have kept up now for three years. I enjoy it and I appreciate the sense of accountability it gives me (because I try to be honest about myself in its pages). I also used the ‘One-Year Bible’ reading plan to read through the entire NIV 2011 Bible translation.
So how are you going to grow in your faith in 2019?
Sadly, I see many Christians who come to church regularly but don’t seem to want to put any effort into growing in their faith. They’re willing to put huge amounts of effort into other parts of their life – professional development, for instance – but they seem content to stay where they are when it comes to their life as disciples of Jesus.
This doesn’t make sense to me. There’s always more to learn about God. There’s always room for improvement in my behaviour as a Christian. There’s always more to explore in the pages of the Bible. There’s always more love to put into practice.
Peter says ‘But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’ (2 Peter 3:18 REB). How will you grow this year? It won’t happen by accident. It will happen when you identify the priority areas for growth, pick one or two things to work on, and then make a plan.
This will involve a change of habits. Gretchen Ruben says that what we do every day is far more important than what we do occasionally. The most powerful change in your life will come from the new daily habits that you learn and practice until they become an instinctive part of you.
So – it’s less than a week now until 2019. 2019 can be a powerful year of change for you (as 2016 was for me). How are you going to grow in your faith in this new year?