Should Christians Make New Year’s Resolutions? - Billy Graham's Answer

By , Billy Graham Evangelistic Association On January 1, 2014

A quick glance at social media shows that some Christians wonder if they even should be making resolutions. Are you one of them?

If so, take comfort in the words and wisdom of Billy Graham who has responded to a number of questions about that annual ritual in his My Answer columns through the years.

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Questions about New Year's Resolutions

If you could make just one New Year's resolution for the coming year, what would it be? I used to make a long list of New Year's resolutions every year, but I only got discouraged because I never kept them so I've decided to concentrate on just one this year.
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Does the Bible say anything about making New Year's resolutions? I quit making them years ago because I never could keep them, but now that I'm more serious about my faith I wondered if I ought to give it a try again.
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The other day, a friend asked me how many of my New Year's resolutions I'd managed to keep, and I had to admit that I'd forgotten all about them. He admitted that this had been his experience, as well. Why do we have so much trouble changing our behavior?
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One of my New Year's resolutions this year was to read some of the Bible every day. But like most of my resolutions, I've failed to keep it. I found some of it interesting, but I didn't really understand most of it, so I stopped. Was I doing something wrong?
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I've about decided I'm not going to make any New Year's resolutions this year. I've always done it, but I don't think I've ever managed to keep a single one more than a few weeks. Why should I bother?
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