Happy New Year: Reviewing the Past, Assessing the Present and Planning for the Future

            The past is gone. I can’t change it but I can reflect and learn from it. “Light bulb!” the past can be a great coach but a bad cheerleader. The present is here. It may not be where I want to be but for now it is my reality. Your future will be built from your present situation so make the most of it. The future is yet to be determined. There are some aspects of it that we cannot control but the proverb is true, the man who fails to plan plans to fail.


            I review the past, assess the present and plan for the future in light of my beliefs and priorities. Those beliefs and priorities are: my relationship with God, my relationship with my wife, my relationship with my kids, my church and my community and world. So when I ask myself questions about the past, present and future my beliefs and priorities help me with the answers.

            I want to encourage you to take a few minutes and answer the questions below. I would also like to encourage married couples to do this exercise together and spend some time talking about it. I want to encourage parents to take these questions and work through them with their children.

            Happy New Year!


            Last year -     

                        What are you thankful for?




                        What did you learn?




                        What are your regrets?




            This year –

                        What gets you excited?




                        What are your goals?




                        What will be your biggest obstacles?