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God’s divine power has given each of us everything we need for living a moral and truthful life more abundantly. Living life to the fullest requires however several things: first, you must be willing to go the extra mile to achieve your goals. Second, life often requires you to make additional efforts. Author Art Williams said, “You beat 50 percent of the people by working hard and the other 40 percent by being a person of honesty and integrity and standing for something…” Some say that  if you don’t stand for something, you will stand for anything. Williams continued, “and the last 10 percent is a dogfight.”

Next, if you want to win, make up your mind to always do a little extra even though the reward of success may not be immediate. Though your vision may linger, wait for it; it will certainly come to pass if you believe. Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor who created the Mount Rushmore memorial to America’s presidents, was asked if he considered his work to be perfect. He replied, “Not today. The nose of President Washington is an inch too long. It is better that way, though. It will erode and be exactly right in ten thousand years.”

You must also be willing to give your all. There is a verse in the bible that reads “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” Isn’t it a blessing to know that even in these unprecedented times, each one of us who believes can expect the fundamental needs of life to sustain us.

Last, in life it is important to have a good mentor who leads by example. A good mentor knows that to be followed, they must first be respected. They know that they must be truthful and trustworthy. A good mentor knows what information you should receive and the information that is not helpful. They know whether you need a pat on the back or a kick in the seat of the pants to get going. If you have such a mentor, you are blessed. If not, ask God to send one into your life today.

The New Year is a time to start a new chapter in your life that can be filled with positive expectations and achievable goals. So, take advantage of this great opportunity that God has given you and Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten