Priority planning for 2011

We all have priorities whether we think about them or not. A simple approach to planning for the next year is to make a short list of priorities. The top four or five would be sufficient. We can always add as the year passes by. What kind of a grade would we give ourselves in each area for 2010?

The following have been long time priorities for me. Physically two of my efforts have been proper eating and getting exercise. Considering my age, my grade would be B+ to A-. Fruits, vegetables, cereals and low fat meats make up most of the diet at our house.

A second area has been that of mental and emotional attitude. I would like to always be loving, serving, giving and encouraging. My grade on my actions in these areas is about a B-. An encouraging word, a helping hand, a smile, a little deed of kindness and the opportunities are endless.

The third area given here is the most important. It is largely the cause of success in other areas. It is number one on my list of priorities. The spiritual determines much of how we live. During the last 30 or so years it has been my practice to read through God's guide book for living each year. One year I did not quite finish. Sometimes my practice of the instructions is better than others.

The prayer life is also important. This year my top priorities along with reading through the Bible again are a more extensive prayer life, spending more time reviewing the Bible verses that I have memorized over the years and spending more time with my family. I want to give more effort practicing love as defined in I Corinthians 13:4-7.

For the 2010 Club, Dec. 12 takes us to Hosea 14 and Revelation 3.

Have a good week as you remember that attitude is everything.

Crist Langelett, known to North St. Paul and Maplewood readers as a longtime Review columnist, is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in his local church and in civic groups.