Learn From The Past Prepare For The Future

As the year winds down, it is only natural to begin making plans for the New Year.

Here at FTGI, we are very future-oriented. We are always looking forward and asking ourselves “what’s next?” This New Year season, however, before leaping into our planning, we have taken time to reflect on 2018.

Here are two questions we’ve asked ourselves, and we encourage you to do the same for all the different areas of your life.

What worked in 2018? And… What didn’t?

It seems ridiculously simple, doesn’t it? Simple and yet, at times, we are so quick to move on to what’s next that we miss the valuable lessons to be learned from the past.

Learn from the past to prepare for your future. 

It’s true that you cannot change the past. There may have been some bumps in the road or even some epic failures this year that you would rather forget. Reflecting on them and figuring out what needs to be done to avoid making the same mistakes again can be a game-changer for you. There is nothing you can do to change what has happened, but you can avoid patterns that you may be repeating.

On the other hand, you may have put some practices into place that served you well. Bring those things into 2019 with you and build upon your successes!

One of our greatest lessons this year is we have realized the value of waiting for God to direct our path before running ahead with our own plans. When God is quiet, it is so tempting to try to figure out things on our own. Taking time to be still and wait this past summer was hard, but in retrospect we can now see how He was working behind the scenes on our behalf, setting us up for what lies ahead.

We are convinced and can say with confidence that THERE IS MORE in 2019.

In these last few days of 2018, we encourage you to take inventory of all that has been and all you hope for in 2019. We will be praying for clarity for you. We will also be praying that you can rest in the knowledge that your heavenly Father holds your future in His capable hands.

Wishing you love, joy, and peace this New Year.

Tracey Metzger

Tracey Metzger is the co-founder and President of For the Girls International, Inc. Her passion is to see women awakened to their unique purpose and empowered to use their unique gifts to share the hope and love of God with a hurting world. As a speaker and writer, Tracey’s refreshingly honest, down-to-earth approach encourages and inspires her audiences to live and move in the fullness of who God created them to be. Through various avenues, Tracey spends her days connecting with women of all ages and walks of life and inviting them into a sisterhood of love, support, and encouragement. She loves meeting women and hearing their stories. Whether you’re attending an FTGI event, reading her blog, or sitting across the table from her at Starbucks, you will find yourself utterly engaged in what Tracey has to say. You will also feel loved and understood. Her willingness to share her personal experiences and thoughts allows for any woman of any background to receive a message that is relatable, relevant, and motivational. Tracey and her husband of 34 years, Dan, have lived in Tampa Bay since 1993. They are blessed with two grown sons, a teenage daughter, and lovely daughter-in-law and two sweet granddaughters.

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