Are you growing?  If you are past high school, the answer is probably no.  But let me ask that question again: Are you growing? In II Peter 3:18, we are commanded,

 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

So, are you growing?  There are many areas of personal growth. Here are just a few that come to mind:

  • Spiritually–Is your Bible reading stronger than it was a year ago? Do you know what you believe and why so you are not “lead away with every wind of doctrine?” Do you encourage your children to have a walk with God? 
  • Financially–Are you saving more or paying down that debt? Is there a house project that you can rally the family around to save for? A special vacation that may be a year or two off, but saving for it can begin now?
  • Socially–Not on Facebook, but rather in real life. Are you welcoming church families into your home for an evening of fellowship? Ladies, can your host the next baby shower or bridal shower? Moms, is there a young couple with little ones that you could offer free babysitting so that they could enjoy a date night? Is there a ministry that you could join? 
  • Physically–Maybe this is an area where you should shrink or grow and reach new heights in your walking or running. Maybe for some, it is giving up soda or coffee. (I choose soda!) 

Some people thrive on making New Year’s resolutions, while for others it is a painful reminder of past failures.  Personally, I fall somewhere in the middle. I love to make plans and lists, but most do not start right on January 1.  The overwhelming goal is to grow, and that growth is in and because of the grace of God. I encourage you to grow this year. By God’s grace, a year from now we can look back and see that we did indeed “grow in grace.”


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Miriam Chung

Miriam Chung, Christian School Teacher

Mrs. Chung grew up around the work of the ministry and now has the privilege to teach the third-grade class at the North Valley Baptist Schools. She and her husband faithfully teach young people and are a vital asset to the ministry of NVBC.