As you start thinking about New Year’s resolution ideas, you’re probably considering things of this world—becoming healthier, eating right, volunteering, and budgeting. But what about spiritual goals?
No matter how rich our faith life is, it’s always a good idea to take a step back and look at ways we can improve. In this coming year, take time to consider your spiritual wellness by setting some faith-based goals for yourself.
To get started, read through this list and make it your own by setting individual goals. By doing so, you can help improve your happiness when you achieve those goals while you strengthen your spiritual wellness at the same time.
And remember, nothing happens overnight. As you’re setting your spiritual goals for 2018, remember that you have the whole year to accomplish them.
And while you’re reading, you might want to take a look at this guide to troubling words in the Bible that discusses some hard passages and ways to interpret them.
Take some time this year to learn about a faith you aren’t very familiar with. Do some digging online, read a few articles, maybe even attend a service of a different faith from yours. We may not all be of one faith, but we’re all of the same global community.
Need a refresher? Here’s a guide on how to pray the rosary.
And if you’re planning a year-long spiritual growth plan, consider choosing one saint for every month of the year. This way you can cover several inspiring figures in a structured manner so you don’t forget after the New Year’s celebrations end.
For example, if you’re struggling with a physical health issue, take some time each day to strengthen your relationship with God through prayer and reflection instead of asking “why me?”. During times of crisis, give thanks for all the blessings in your life outside of that crisis instead of focusing solely on the negative.
One idea for a daily entry is to make a list of three blessings you noticed that day and three things that you could have done better. That way, you’re taking time to be thankful for all that’s good in your life while also challenging yourself to be better.
If you are inspired to begin working toward your spiritual goals, remember:
Working toward your spiritual goals has many benefits, including self-esteem, lessened anxiety, depression prevention, blood pressure control, and life affirmation. And, more than anything, the benefit of living in God’s grace.
Too often, we get distracted by the daily demands of the physical world around us. It can be hard to make time for our spiritual life when we have a list of errands a mile long or don’t have any spiritual resources readily available.
At The Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows, we know how important spiritual wellness is. One of our main priorities as a community is to live the spirit and values of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. If you’re looking to deepen your faith, we’re here to help in whatever way we can through our holistic living principles of spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social wellness.