21 Ways to Have the Best Year Ever

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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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?

About Author

Erin Davis

Erin is passionate about pointing young women toward God's Truth. She is the author of several books and a frequent speaker and blogger to women of all ages. Erin lives on a small farm in the midwest with her husband and kids. When she's not writing, you can find her herding goats, chickens, and children.

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  • Anonymous Sister

    Hi Erin! I am so excited to learn more about God’s truth this week, and to apply it to my life. I really need to work on No. 5. Too often I use entertainment, music, food, etc., to make me feel better if I am stressed or scared. I know that God is my provider; so this year, I hope to put my trust in Him more. Thanks for the post and Happy New Year!

  • k

    Needed ThiS tysm!

  • Avigail

    Great post! I love
    making spiritual goals too! It really helps to have them written down, and reading them every day is a good reminder and helps stay focused on the goal.

  • Jesse

    Wow… thank you, I needed that!

  • Andro

    Oh Erin,such truths.I need to strip down my resolution list from the wall after seeing down.There was nothing about repairing the inner me on the list.

  • Brittany McDaniel

    This is awesome! I love it! Using this!

  • Landry Hodge

    Wow. This is exactly what I needed to hear!! Thank you Jesus!

  • Hollybell WI

    Some of this is irritating. Live like I am loved? Kind of participating in a fantasy and delusions when it’s not true. I can live like I’m a millionaire too and sooner rather than later reality sets in that it’s not true. When and if someone ever loves me I’ll live like it. Then it’s really mine to have. People throw around the word love a lot. There are plenty who will tell you they love you but their actions scream otherwise. I find this in the church and out of the church.

    • Carrie @ Revive Our Hearts

      You’re right, Hollybell WI—apart from actions, our word can seem meaningless. And hypocrisy does exist…both inside and outside the church. To be honest, it exists in my own heart—even with those I love the most, my attitudes and actions are, at times, very different from what I’ve expressed or even what’s true in my heart.

      That’s why God’s love for us is such radically good news. You see, Hollybell WI, God didn’t just say He loved us, He demonstrated His love for us when we least deserved it—when we were doing life our own ways, oblivious of His love, even despising His love.

      It’s not a fantasy, friend. It’s true. You are loved. Today, right where you are. And that love of God was expressed as He became man, born of a woman, living and dying in our place; being raised from the dead so that you and I might experience the depth of His love for us. Oh, friend…it’s not a fantasy—His name is Jesus.

      Would you take a few minutes to consider the truths of this video clip, Hollybell WI? http://vimeo.com/25251371

      I’d love to hear your thoughts. . .

      Blessings to you this day,

    • Emily Torbert

      I’m praying for you, Hollybell. I’ve seen hypocrisy in the church too and I know how painful it can be. Please know that there is real love though. (And perfect love casts out fear.) Everything Jesus said was truth and He Himself was and is love in the flesh. Again, I’m praying for you. If I can pray for anything specific, please let me know.

    • Emily Torbert

      Something else you might find interesting is Hawk Nelson’s song Live Like You’re Loved. It’s pretty cool. 🙂