Are you a New Year’s resolution maker? I’m not. Over the years I’ve found the tradition of vowing to change at the start of the new year to be an exercise in disappointment. My diets fail, my habits stay the same, and my resolve to do things differently fades.
Maybe I’ve been focusing on the wrong things.
There’s nothing wrong with making the choice to be healthier or to try new things at the start of a new year. But this year I’m feeling motivated to make changes that truly matter. I want the same for you.
As I think about you and what I hope for you in 2017, my thoughts keep circling back to the impact of God’s truth. Most of you come to this site because you’ve already been exposed to God’s truth in some way. But I see evidence in your lives (and in my own!) that that truth hasn’t fully transformed the way we live.
There’s a difference between knowing God’s truth and living it. I like to dream about the way your lives would change if you grabbed onto God’s Word with both hands. It’s even more exciting for me to picture the difference you could have on your generation by putting God’s truth into action. That thought gives me goosebumps!
I’ll help you get started. The last chapter of Lies Young Women Believe lists several powerful truths to counter everyday lies. Over the next few days I’m going to list these truths in the form of action steps. Your job is to identify the areas of your life that are in need of a dose of God’s truth and ask the Lord for His help to live it out.
Ready? Let’s choose truth together!
- I will praise God on good days and bad days this year.
God’s truth says, “You are good and do good” (Ps. 119:68).
When everything is going right, it’s easy to believe God is good and to praise Him because of it. But when life gets tough, we are tempted to question God’s goodness and forget to praise Him. When your life gets messy, you can choose to believe God’s Word rather than trusting your emotions and praise Him in all circumstances.
- I will live like I am deeply loved this year.
God’s truth says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you” (Jer. 31:3).
The truth is that you are deeply loved by God. That truth will transform your life.
Feeling unloved can have a huge impact on the way we live, causing us to respond like a wounded animal. Believing the lie that no one cares about you can lead to depression, anxiety, and destructive behaviors. The truth is that you are deeply loved by God. That truth will transform your life.
- I will spend more time working on my inner beauty than my outer beauty this year.
God’s truth says, “I praise you, because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” (Ps. 139:14).
God’s Word says you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Choose to believe it, and allow that truth to free you from the constant need to make yourself look beautiful on the outside.
- I will pay less attention to what others think of me this year.
God’s truth says, “He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved” (Eph. 1:4–6).
When a friend, a parent, or a guy rejects us, it’s easy to let that rock our world or to get wrapped up in trying to please the people around us. But God’s truth is that He chose you and loved you enough to adopt you into His family. Choosing to fully embrace that truth provides the perspective we need to be less concerned about what others think.
- I won’t use stuff to make me feel good this year.
God’s truth says, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Ps. 23:1).
God is able to satisfy your needs.
God is able to satisfy your needs. This truth allows you to stop trying to make yourself feel better by having the right stuff. You already have what you need.
We’ll look at sixteen more truths in the next couple days. In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you.
- Do you need to put any of these truths into action in your own life?
- What changes can you make in 2017 to live out God’s truth more fully?
- How would doing so change your life and the lives of those around you?