This past year gave us a chance to slow down, look closely at our lives, and re-evaluate what truly matters to us. Growth may take time, but there are biblical tools that can help us embrace God’s best as we seek Him daily. The beginning of 2021 is the perfect time to reset our minds, look closely at our habits, and prepare our hearts for what God is going to do next.
1. Set aside time with God every day.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
Start rebuilding healthy habits by making time with God your top priority. When you prioritize time with Him, you allow Him to renew your mind and change the way you think. One tool you can use to create a daily quiet time routine is Verse of the Day Stories. Start your day with a Story and get into the habit of letting God’s Word speak to you.
Ask yourself: At what times of day do I find it easiest and hardest to connect with God?
2. Fix your eyes on Jesus
Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2
Keeping Jesus at the center of your life will help you lay aside anything that might easily entangle you, and eventually, this practice will change the way you live. So today, take a moment to think about what might be keeping you from focusing entirely on Jesus. Try creating a Prayer in your Bible App and list the distractions you want to surrender. Then, set up a Prayer reminder to help you give those distractions over to Jesus every day.
Ask yourself: What desires are keeping me from centering my life completely around Jesus?
3. Remember Whose you are
You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Everything you’ve sacrificed this past year will never compare to the ultimate sacrifice God made for you. So when you begin to grow discouraged, remember that God is eternally invested in your life. Your future is in the hands of Someone who loves you, and He wants you to become the person He created you to be.
Ask yourself: What habits will help me glorify God more?
As you keep developing healthy habits, over time you will find yourself becoming more like the person God created you to be.