Philippians 3:13-14 "Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
Happy New Years to everyone! On the first of year many people will set new resolutions or goals for the coming year of 2019. Those New Year's resolutions are tradition for many in both the Western world and Eastern world. A resolution is when a person decides to change something like a trait or behavior, achieve a personal goal, or wanting to make improvements in their life.
Today the five most popular resolutions are to lose weight, quit smoking, get organized, get out of debt, and find a better a job. A study has shown that 88% of those set resolutions will fail. This study suggested setting small measurable goals rather than unrealistic goals.
All residents are required to complete an application when coming to Kingdom Boundaries. In the application the applicant is asked to list their goals for one month, three months, six months, one year, and two years. The Kingdom Boundaries ministry is designed to assist these individuals in reaching these goals. These goals can be achieved by staying focused on their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Another key element in reaching these goals is by having contact with a mentor. (A mentor is someone that can provide advice, a listening ear and encouragement.) The KBPA staff are able to provide this service and assistance for the residents, but still need help from individuals or area churches. KBPA would like thank those individuals or churches for being mentors to those men or women in prison and residents at Kingdom Boundaries Prison Aftercare.
You and I also have goals for this coming year. Yes, we can achieve our goals by setting small measure goals. We also need Christian mentors to keep us accountable to reaching our goals. We all have different goals this year. God called us to a goal of heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Please contact KBPA staff if you would like more information about mentoring or assisting a resident. You can also visit our website for information about our ministry and clicking on "Get Involved." Thanks for all your prayers, encouragement and support for this coming year. In this coming year we look forward to continuing assisting men being released from prison walls to the freedom found Christ's boundaries.
Mark Van Der Brink
We can model Christ's love by doing what we can to serve others.