5 New Year’s Resolutions for Unapologetically Christian Students

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From the one-year Bible reading program to seeking Christian community.

It’s that time of the year where New Year’s resolutions are in full swing. Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are:

  • Eat healthier
  • Get more exercise
  • Save money
  • Read more
  • Take up a new hobby

The list goes on and on. You may already have resolutions set or you may still be contemplating what they should be. Either way, we challenge you to passionately believe in Christ, be world-changers, and love others.

Here are five great New Year’s Resolutions for Unapologetically Christian Students:

1. Daily quiet times.

Daily quiet time is a big part of our time with God. He desires to be with us. We have God’s Word to empower us, to encourage us, and to guide us to where he ultimately wants us to be, with him. You can strengthen yourself and learn more about who He is. Starting each day this way can center you and help you focus on what is important.

2. Commit to an act of kindness a day.

It is sometimes hard to love or serve our neighbor. The greatest commandment we have as Christians is to love God and love our neighbor. This year commit to an act of kindness a day. It could be as easy as an encouraging note or buying coffee for a friend.

3. Read the Bible in one year.

We see it everywhere, whether on our social feed or by word of mouth. Tackling the Bible in 365 days can be intimidating or seem impossible. Be encouraged, you can do it! There are great apps and programs that you can use. Some Bibles even have a calendar to help you keep pace during the year.

4. Commit to praying for a friend or family member.

Not only is spending time in God’s Word essential for believers but prayer is, too. Prayer gives you the opportunity to see God’s faithfulness in your life and can help you identify it in the lives of those around you. Challenge yourself by praying for a friend or a family member for a month. You can even make a prayer calendar for the whole year.

5. Find roots in a community.

In Matthew 11:18, it says, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” A community is not only a place where you can be yourself and talk about what is happening in life but a place that you can live life and pursue Jesus together. The best way to find roots in a community is by getting plugged in at a church or joining a local group that shares your interests.

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