| from Dr. Kathy Koch |


The next time you’re in a situation where you don’t know exactly what to do, look back. Chances are good that you have an old skill that may be relevant.

We all have old skills. We may forget about them because of lack of use, but they’re there. We don’t forget them. Just about them.

I’m not sure how young I was when I first shoveled snow with my dad, but I was young. My parents had lightweight shovels specifically so Dave and I could help. Unless the Milwaukee snow was the light-and-fluffy variety, Dad had to follow us with his heavy-duty shovel in order to get down to the cement.

As we grew, Dave and I were able to eventually handle the big shovel and then the tool we used to chop the ice that often formed. Rather than having fun with our Dad, clearing the driveway and sidewalks now became a responsibility. Many winter days after school were spent clearing the driveway so our Dad could pull into the garage when he got home from work.

Although I haven’t shoveled snow for a very long time, I know I can still shovel. This ability may not be useful today, but it may be someday.

Do you have an old skill that would prove useful today? Which other old abilities might come in handy tomorrow?


Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”), is the founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas. She has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, banquet talks, and other events. She is a regular speaker for Care Net, Summit Ministries, and Axis. She also speaks for other organizations, churches, schools, and pregnancy resource centers. In addition, she hosts Celebrate Kids conferences through their Ignite the Family conference division. She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio, she was featured in Kirk Cameron’s movie, Connect, and she has written and published five books with Moody Publishers, including Five to ThriveStart with the Heart, Screens and Teens8 Great Smarts, and No more Perfect Kids(with Jill Savage). Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University.