Whether you've finalized your 2020 resolutions, don't have plans to make any, or are somewhere in between, the best place to start thinking about change in the New Year is with the Word of God. Before you start figuring out how to get out of debt or shed those holiday pounds (and those are wonderful goals!), start with the Bible, and with prayer, ask God to guide your priorities. Even within the 66 books of the Bible, you may wonder where to begin, so here are some suggestions.
The gist of both of these areas of thought is summarized in Matthew 6:33, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness." You will figure out how to pay the bills, clothe the kids, pay down the debt, and shed the pounds if you set the right initial course. Get the biggest things in place, and then ask God to help you with all the secondary things.
Here are some additional Bible verses to guide your goal-setting for the New Year.
Ephesians 4:13 (NIV), "Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."
Romans 8:29a (NIV), "For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son."
2 Peter 3:18a (NIV), "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV), "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."