Resolved to Walk by Faith

Caitlyn ScaggsBy Caitlyn Scaggs5 Minutes

Do you get energized by each new year? Does the changing date on the calendar invoke in you the air of possibilities and excitement about the wonderful way that things can be different in the upcoming 365 days?

Whether you love a New Year or not, there is no denying that there is a major cultural emphasis on using this calendar milestone as a reflection and redirection point.

Look no further than the countless headlines that tout, “New Year, New You.” Or, consider the increase in gym advertisements, encouraging you to reconsider your commitment to fitness. It could also be friends and connections who are posting about their “word of the year” or resolutions.

Resolutions are great and working to be the best version of yourself is fantastic! However, I hope you’ll indulge just one more suggestion for how you can start 2023 off on the right foot:

Resolve to Walk by Faith, Not by Sight.

The direction to walk by faith and not by sight is found within 2 Corinthians 5:7. In this book of the Bible, authored by Paul, we are urged forward to a life that is marked by faith in God as our ultimate guide.

What Would 2023 Look Like If Your Ultimate Resolution Was to Live with Faith Central to Everything?

Every part of who you are and what you do can be approached from a faith-shaped perspective. There is no part of who you are that God has opted out of. He wants an invitation into all the nooks and crannies of who you are – after all, He made you and He knows you!

Invite God Into Your New Year’s Resolutions

Are you committing to better health and nutrition in 2023? Read scripture about what God says about your body – how it is a vessel for your soul and should be a pleasing sacrifice. As you prepare meals, allow yourself to slip into a prayerful mindset as you thank Him for the flavors and complexities of food, and for the provision of food itself.

While you exercise, consider how God is infinitely creative in the way He knit our bodies together and made them move. Make movement an act of worship. You can choose to see health and nutrition from a faith lens!

It could be that your resolutions are related to finances. Maybe you want to save more and demonstrate more discipline in this area? Don’t forget that scripture has much to say about the way we steward the resources given to us by God! Familiarize yourself with what the Bible says about how we are to handle finances with wisdom and discernment. Make praying over your money and financial decisions part of your bill-paying routine. Don’t forget to thank Him for His provision.

Do you have plans to work on a stronger marriage in 2023? If so, I sincerely hope God is central to those plans. Spend time in earnest prayer over your spouse and ideally with your spouse. Grab onto scripture that guides how you should interact with each other, including being slow to speak and quick to listen (James 1:9).

Maybe you simply want to be more organized! Which can feel near impossible with the busyness and sometimes chaos of everyday life. God promises that He is not the author of chaos and that reality is something you can claim as you seek more peace in your days (1 Corinthians 14:33).

Make 2023 the Year of Faith!

Have you considered that God never asks you to fix yourself? He simply asks you to receive Him and come to Him. He promises to provide and guide you each and every step of the way. That means, all you need to do is choose to receive what He is offering. You can make 2023 the year of faith. It is an opportunity to commit to 365 days (and hopefully more!) of allowing God’s teachings and ways to impact every part of your life. This year, walk by faith with every step you take!