We are half way through the first month of 2018. What was your New year’s resolution?

Many people go through their whole life saying that I didn’t have a good start to my life so that is why I shall remain where I am. The mistake that many people make is that they don’t seem to be aware that the beginning of their life does not determine their end. It does not matter what you didn’t do yesterday, you have the power to change your life in this new year as you begin a new journey of your life. I love this song “My Tomorrow Must Be Greater Than Today” (

Some of the team have shared their new year choices; Ella one of the volunteers here at Castlerigg is among the people who started the new year in a new style of being Vegan for January. She started this new year in style with non meat treat. She has even found a nice Vegan café in Keswick. Another team member Matt whom we used to share porridge every morning at our breakfast but, this New Year he decided to start enjoying cornflakes and not drinking coca cola, his favourite drink. Megan and Ella have recently donated blood to make a difference to someone’s life.

It is never too late to start on a new journey and take your life to the heights of greatness; the choice is yours. In John 10:10, Jesus tells us he came so that we can “live life to the full”. Believe in yourself and take action today, so that you can achieve your goals that you have set out for yourself. Let us open our hearts to God and ask him to continue to walk with us. It does not matter about the life you have lived so far; you have everything within you to live life to your highest dream. Let’s look forward and give our past to God. In scripture it says “No need to recall the past, no need to think about what was done before. See, I am doing a new deed” Isaiah 43: 18-19.

There is this belief that successful people have something special about them, and that is why they succeed, but that is not the case, successful people set goals, they make plans, they invest in themselves, they put self-education over entertainment and they take daily consistent action. Let us receive our blessings from God this New Year and be thankful for them. We thank God for the blessing of our self. Let’s start each new day with an open heart to enable us to be successful in doing good each day. You are more than you appear to be, you can grow the beginning stages of awakening require that you have faith in the journey and yourself, set big goals, you will grow into them, start now.

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