New You: 7 Transformative Habits to carry on in 2024

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Like every New Year, we are hastily obliged to craft a resolution for a fulfilling life. Most times, these goals are limited to financial success or career breakthroughs. While these aspirations are noble and without a fault, we often ignore the most important aspect of personal growth which is addressing the habits that hinder real fulfilment. 

Think about how often we get called out for not cleaning up after ourselves, cluttering the surroundings with trash, or habitual lateness, body shaming someone unprovoked. How often do we read the Scripture and meditate through prayer?

As the year turns into a new chapter, it is another opportunity to reflect and take a new step. The whispers of “New Year, new me” and the echoes of “New beginning” raging in our hearts tell us it’s time to shed off the skin of old habits. But where do we look for guidance in the pursuit of personal renewal?

There already exist a billion and one tips and strategies for becoming a better person. Beyond all of that, the Scripture shines as a guiding light. It is a stepping stone for solid transformation rooted in purpose and love. The ability to form a new habit is deeply rooted in the Scripture, and the Bible encourages believers to embrace change and growth.

How are habits formed?

Your thoughts, words, actions, and inaction become your habit. And slowly, that habit transitions into a character. Do the same thing over, and you will discover that it is now a part of you. A plastic surgeon, Dr. Maxwell Maltz, discovered in the 1950s that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. From a biblical perspective, the Bible is a primary resource for building Godly habits and virtues. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17. With an identity rooted in Christ, you can effortlessly carry on this New Year with these seven transformative habits.

1. Gratitude journaling

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Philippians 4:6-7 is a testament to being rooted in Christ. It reminds us, ” Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” give thanks in every situation and present your requests to God.” Life happenings can tilt toward giving up, but look on the bright side because in these situations are woven with blessings. When you practice gratitude journaling, you make room for the virtue of thanksgiving to permeate your heart. Gratitude journaling is a sacred habit. it’s like painting the canvas of each day with vibrant and colourful hues of hope and joy. Anxiety withers with each thankful word, and inner peace takes the throne. Even in the darkest moments of life, gratitude keeps you going.

2. Prayer and daily reflection

Amidst the noise, take a moment of pause. Having these scared moments allows you to reflect. And with prayers, you will trespass chaos and clamour. As David echoed in Psalm 5:3, ” In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning, I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Your daily communion is a welcoming sunrise of hope that anchors you in His embrace. Likewise, reflection nurtures and prunes your growth in moments of doubt and confusion.

3. Community and fellowship

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Transformation never happens in isolation. However, God intends to embed into a community of companionship. As Christians, our local church is our first place of companionship, where we nurture bonds, affirm, and inspire a sense of inclusion. As you carry on in the New Year, immerse yourself in the company of kindred spirits who share your dedication to personal growth and renewal.

4. Generosity and acts of kindness

As Proverb 11:25 rightly puts it, “A benevolent soul will flourish; one who rejuvenates others will find rejuvenation.” A practice of generosity and benevolence in whatever form, whether finance or volunteerism, ushers you into a realm of greatness and victory. Adopting a lifestyle steeped in fairness is a virtuous act. It improves your mind and influences the attitude of others. The gratification you derive from showing kindness to others is a testament to who and what habit you’ve embraced over time. 

5. Embrace patience and trusting God’s timing

It’s always comforting to turn to the Bible for guidance and wisdom. Isaiah 40:31 reminds us to have patience and trust in God’s plan. However, by placing our hope in Him, we can find renewed strength and endurance, even in challenging times. It’s a reminder to trust in His timing and not rush for immediate gratification. This approach can lead to a transformative perspective on life.

6. Practice forgiveness

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Forgiveness holds immense power based on the Scripture. It’s inspiring to read about the power of forgiveness and how it can positively impact our lives. Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:14-15 remind us of the importance of forgiving others so that we may also receive forgiveness. Holding onto grudges can weigh us down, and letting go of them can bring inner peace and healing. As we enter this new year, we can choose to release any resentments we may be holding onto and embrace forgiveness. This can help us move forward with a lighter heart and a sense of freedom.

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7. Reading the Bible

One of the greatest habits to cultivate in 2024 is reading the word of God. Every choice, including diet, exercise, and social interactions, yields positive or negative consequences. Besides, the impact of infusing Bible reading into daily routine becomes evident over time. Studying and reflecting on God’s word holds a transformative power, even if it is done under obligation. The spiritual growth and renewal that comes from understanding the Scripture contribute to personal improvement and positive change.

A wrap

As we stand on the threshold of a New Year, let us embrace the transformative power of reading the Bible. Through daily reflection, gratitude, forgiveness, and healthy living, we can cultivate a new and improved version of ourselves in 2024. Developing transformative habits is a slow but steady process, and the path may sometimes be edgy. Rather than becoming disheartened by challenges and mistakes, view them as chances to draw nearer to God. Keep in mind that He desires to share moments with you. As you engage with God’s Word, each connection with Him will transform you, guiding your thoughts, actions, and love to align more closely with the example set by Jesus.

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Temitope Ogunsanya is a contributor for AfroGistMedia with a passion for storytelling. She captures valuable insights to drive a cohesive reader experience.

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