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By Geoff Daniels

The old has passed and the new has come. “Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come” goes the first line of that popular ancient hymn many congregations appropriately sing in reflection of the new year that lies ahead. The old year is a closed chapter and the New Year marks a new chapter in our lives.

As another year dawns, some people may be reflecting on things they have done or perhaps on things they could have done better. Some may be thinking of resolutions for the new year. Others may be saying how does the time go by so quickly. While others may be saying “good riddance. I’m happy its all over. I have lots of regrets.” Each one has his or her own personal views and opinions about the past year, and expectations about the new one.

One thing is absolutely certain, and that is no one but no one can bring back or undo the old year—its gone forever. There is nothing we can do to change the past year. However, we can certainly learn from the past and embrace the opportunities to make changes where necessary. It might be a useful idea to reflect on the past while contemplating the future.

The Bible says, “The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth” (Proverbs 17:24). The key here is applying wisdom. It is wise to have aims, objectives, and goals in mind and pursue them. Otherwise, not much will ever be accomplis