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A Year to Remember

With every new year comes promise and potential. How can we take next steps in our walks with Jesus?          

For some of us, 2013 may have been unbearable and 2014 doesn't look too promising. We've all had some not so great days, months or years that if we're not careful can strip away the hope we have for this world and the people in it.

Paul’s ministry was difficult at best. He faced some ridiculous adversity and continued to worship God regardless of circumstances. That choice he made daily can be seen in Philippians 1:20-26. Paul writes the church and expresses honestly how inviting it would be to leave this world and all its trouble behind (Philippians 1:22-23).    

Paul knew that death would bring on the peaceful eternity he so strongly desired. But he also knew he had a responsibility on earth to continue to spread the Gospel for those who were new to the faith or had yet to come to know Christ. "I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith" (Philippians 1:25).  

Paul wasn't actually choosing life or death, he was choosing the attitude he would have. If we can look at 2014 with Paul’s selflessness, it is sure to be a year to remember. Showing purpose in activity and relationships allows God to use our lives to further His will.        


  • What is one way you can make others more important this year than you did last?
  • How can you choose to see potential and remain positive throughout the year?     
  • All of us have a purpose to fulfill in this new year. What is yours going to be?

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