Your New Year resolutions can be more effective when you aim to grow spiritually.This time of year of course we hear all about New Year resolutions — going to the gym more, eating less, getting more involved with charities, etc. Of course these are good as they lead toward fulfillment and self-improvement. But there’s something we can do that is even simpler, more local, and has bigger impact—improving our thought and how we think.

Be a thinker and a doer

Thinking isn’t just about philosophy, studying, or being an intellectual. Your thought is actually the very source of your actions. Are there talents or actions you’d like to improve such as being more efficient at work, speaking more comfortably in public, or having better health? Well all of these start with thought and how you think.

For me, improving thought is more than self-improvement, or positive thinking, it’s about spiritual growth, and the Bible tells me mental renewal is good: “be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2).”  To help us connect the dots more, here are other illuminating statements from the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:

  • “God is Mind: all that Mind, God, is, or hath made, is good, and He made all (SH 311:4-6).”
  • “…he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth (Job 23:13).”
  • “Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered (Psalm 40:5).”
  • “In Christian Science, man can do no harm, for scientific thoughts are true thoughts, passing from God to man (SH 103:32).”

From the basis that thoughts have their origin in Spirit and are therefore entirely spiritual and mental, we can reason logically that thinking must also be a spiritual (Spirit-based) activity. To me, this illustrates that spiritual growth and improved thinking are one. By learning more about our relationship to God, Spirit, and about who we are and where our thoughts come from, it’s natural for us to grow more spiritual and at the same time improve our ability to think better thoughts and then naturally be better in our actions.

So rather than making resolutions that bring brief benefits, do something that takes you further and benefits you, your body, and everyone around you—resolve to grow spiritually. Take a firm stand to better understand yourself from God’s perspective of you as divine Love’s unlimited, holy, and pure child. And then enjoy the side effects of true spirituality: health, peace, kindness, love, goodness, unselfishness, and a deeper, longer lasting joy.

The calm, strong currents of true spirituality, the manifestations of which are health, purity, and self-immolation, must deepen human experience, until the beliefs of material existence are seen to be a bald imposition, and sin, disease, and death give everlasting place to the scientific demonstration of divine Spirit and to God’s spiritual, perfect man.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p.99