Resolutions for Others


Tess Cassidy, Famine Participant

At the beginning of every year, when the ball drops, the big question everyone is talking about is “What is your New Year’s Resolution?

Happy New Year 2014There are the common resolutions like:

  • Go to the gym more often
  • Eat healthier
  • Stop bad habit X or Y
  • Pray and read the bible more

You might have your own personalized resolution, but they’re all rooted in the same presumed purpose. They are all centered and focused on our own betterment.

Nowhere is it stated in the definition of resolution that they should only apply to yourself. Sure, it’s great to improve ourselves, but is there more we can do?

Instead of centering this year on improving ourselves, focus on improving others. God wants to use you to do his work for others. As Christians, we strive to act Christ-like. Jesus was the least selfish person to walk the earth. To be Christ-like means to act in a selfless manner. It means to grow God’s kingdom.

So, that’s a large task– improving someone’s life. Here are some ways to let God use you.

Listen. Constantly be on the look out for God speaking to you or signaling to you. Spend more time in meditation—listening–instead of doing all the talking in prayer. Pay attention at all times for God trying to get your attention.

Pray. Pray for specific people you’re resolving to bless. Ask God for guidance. Praise God for what he’s done in your life and the work he has guided you to do in others’ lives.

Serve. Be God’s hands and feet. Help out at the local food pantry or soup kitchen. Visit a nursing home. Go on a mission’s trip. Lend a helping hand to your neighbor by shoveling their driveway or help someone carry their groceries to the car. Serve on both large and small scales.

Share. Tell your friends and family about God. Explain how powerful and awesome He is. Talk about your story– your testimony. Share it to both Christians and non-Christians alike.

This year make your life abundant in God’s work. Through improving someone’s life in some way, you might find yourself transformed yourself.