It may not feel like it, but the year 2020 is almost in the books. And what a strange year it has been! Nothing like an unforeseen disease spreading across the entire globe to remind you how important the Lord Jesus Christ is to you and your family.
While we are still several months away from the new year, there is never a bad time to think about how you can be a better Christian now, tomorrow, and the day after that. So, if you are looking to get a jumpstart on your resolutions and learn how to be a better Christian, let us at Jesus Lives break down a few of the simple ways to let Christ impact and improve your day-to-day life in so many ways.
Commit to it
One of the most important ways that you can improve the way in which you follow Christ and his teachings is to write it down and commit to it. Write out your goals and what you want to personally achieve from them and stick to it. Typically it takes someone 30-60 days to form a habit that will become a natural part of their daily life. This means that you are going to have to stick to it. However, there is no better way to truly be devout than to practice His teachings in your daily life!
Start out small, don’t overwhelm
It can feel difficult to try to become a better Christian and a better person, and it is somewhat impossible to achieve all of your goals with the flip of a switch. So start small and move on from there. Maybe think about starting to pray 10 to 15 minutes every day for the first several weeks and then move up from there as you become more comfortable and start to feel its positive impact more and more.
The important thing here is to remember rule number one and commit to it. Don’t pray for 15 minutes but really spend 10 of those minutes on your phone. Put your phone away, set a timer if you have to, and dive into the Good Book for that small portion of your day. Trust us, once you finish, you’ll look up feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready to take what you have learned and apply it to the rest of your day.
Stay on top of it
It can be really hard to integrate something new into your life, so don’t be hard on yourself if you need an extra push. Set a reminder on your phone if you have to put sticky notes on your computer at home to remind you what you are doing to improve your faith today and when you plan to do it. While life sometimes does get in the way, you want to make sure that you are giving yourself every possibility to succeed at this!
Ask a friend for help
One of the best things about Christianity is that it helps people from all over the world become part of a global community in worship. If you are looking to become a member of that community in a greater way, you might need some help. Luckily, Christians are always happy to help others and help other Christians find their path to greater worship. Think about starting a bible study group with a few friends so that you all remain committed to your practice and committed to each other.
This will not only give you more incentive to learn on your own but will also give you another outlet from which to learn, as your friend’s interpretation of something may be very different from yours and open your eyes to a wonderful new way of seeing things!
Remember you are not perfect, don’t be hard on yourself
God knows that you are imperfect, after all, he created you! So there is no one, in the entire universe expecting you to perfectly adhere to your new goals. That means that you don’t have to be so hard on yourself if you slip up for a day or two. Don’t like a small slip up discourage you from getting right back at it. In fact, sometimes a bit of a slip of a lapse in commitment to your new goals can be used as a way to encourage you to stick to it in the long run. Just think about how much more happy and fulfilled you were when you were practicing your Christianity on a daily basis compared to when you slipped up a bit! The difference should be as clear as day.
Now that you know some great tips to become a better Christian, it’s time for you to put them into practice in your daily life and see just how wonderful life can be.