Well the old year has slipped into the record books and the New Year has replaced it with new opportunities, challenges, and adventures that we don't yet see.
I don't know about you, but I think that many people experienced a year that somehow was not all that they hoped it might be. I know that's how my year was. I am ready to put 2009 behind me and move forward with 2010. But I also know that I must reflect on the tough year behind in order to learn from it. Most truly successful people experience failure in their life but they they learn from their experiences and learn to fail forward. Most millionaires lost everything after they became a millionaire and then made it back again. When life throws us off the horse we must get back on the horse or we may become afraid of horses.
I have learned some lessons this past year that will shape my life for the future and hopefully make a better life for my family. I have learned some practices that I can follow that make my life better. I have learned that making tough decisions is much easier than dealing with the results of avoiding tough decisions.
I have learned not to question the passions God has put in my heart just because the timing doesn't seem to fit. I was reminded so many times this past year of the patience required of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, and David.
But now it's time to look forward, set goals, and somehow live a more full life in 2010. I will be putting some goals and resolutions to pen and paper in the coming days and even developing some core values in my life that I want to guide everything I do.
I challenge everyone, even if you don't do resolutions, to write out your core values and look back at them often. Let these values guide your life in 2010 to be all that God has called you to be.