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You Can’t Finish What You Don’t Start || New Year’s with Cory Jones

by MyParisTexas
It sounds rather redundant and obvious, but the truth is you can’t finish what you don’t start!
The challenge for most is it’s often the start that stops us. We want to be finishers, but we worry that we might mess up or worse yet, fail, and so we don’t start.
But why are we so afraid to fail?
Failure is often regarded as a negative, and because of such, we refuse to start to save ourselves the possibility of failure. But if I look back over my life, my ‘failures’ played just as much of a role in the ‘success’ of where I am today as my successes did. Failure is a great opportunity to learn.
Proverbs 28:13 says, “A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful.”
I would even go so far as to say, ‘success is refined through the fire of mistakes.’ Don’t be afraid to fail! Be afraid of not succeeding! ‘Afraid to fail’ means I won’t start; ‘Afraid of not succeeding’ means I’ll continue to fail to give myself the opportunity to succeed.
2018 may have been filled with mistakes or hurts that you can’t seem to get past or over. And it can leave you overwhelmed and even anxious about starting a new year.
But your past doesn’t have to define you!
This year, choose to let it refine you. Go ahead and start that New Years Resolution today. Don’t fear the people who tell you that you can’t do it. Ignore the voice inside that tries to remind you that you tried this last year and failed.
This new year, be encouraged! Put yourself in a position to finish. Go for it! And if you fall along the way, get up and start again…that’s how you succeed!


Cory is a gifted communicator and teaches the Scriptures in a relevant and practical way.

He and his wife Melissa are gifted musicians and worship leaders.

They enjoy building relationships and promoting community.

They are blessed parents of three beautiful children

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Paula Dowell January 1, 2019 - 3:56 pm

Corey, thanks for this encouragement ! I have a couple of new or prolonged things I need to accomplish this next year. I’m excited about what God will do in our lives. God bless you Melissa and your children! Happy new year! Love y’all so much!

Ed Smith January 5, 2019 - 2:55 am

Great advice from a Great Pastor!

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