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00576 - Start As You Mean To Go On

Starting the year as we mean to go on – with a commitment to personal development and spiritual growth will always help build resilience and character.

Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV) offers insightful guidance: "Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." It’s a reminder to concentrate our efforts on continual improvement and pursuing our God-given purpose.

In this new year, we should be learning from the challenges and experiences of the past year. Whether it’s cultivating patience, kindness, diligence, or any other virtue, the goal is to grow more into the likeness of Christ. This sets a foundation for a year marked by meaningfully deep personal and spiritual growth.


Being determined to learn and implement change shapes your life for the good.


Lord, help me to build my character, having learned from this last year. Amen.

Action Point

What were your biggest lessons from last year, and what change will you make?

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