He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” 1 Peter 1:6

2019 has come to an end. We are now embarking upon the New Year of 2020. Great expectation, excitement, and optimism is abundant within the first few months of the new year. We have our goals set from last year we did not meet or new ones we waited until now to begin. Either way, it is important to remember as the days and months go by not to lose sight of our desired result.  The old saying goes, “Rome was not built in day,” and neither will the goals nor desires you have as well.

Peter shared with the church in the above scripture text as a word of encouragement to remind them not to negate the progress they have achieved thus far. He wanted them to understand their faith regarding growing and maturing is a process; a process that none of us completes overnight or even a year. It is an ever-evolving good work that continues until the day the creator calls us home.  The same way the church’s faith is an ever-evolving process, so are our hopes, goals, and dreams. Each day that we wake and work towards our goal is progress. Even if not completed in the time we wanted, be reminded of how much growth occurred since the beginning. Remember it isn’t how quickly you finish the race but how you endured to see it through to completion. Happy Prosperous New Year!


Reverend Takana L. Jefferson, Chaplain, United States Navy