2008 REFLECTIONS (2/2)

As I’ve looked through all 267 blog posts of 2008 I’ve concluded–perspective exercise–a few things…

Make sure you read both sections, reading just the first one is not enough, perspective comes from balance….both “hands” are balancing each other….

On one hand…
1. I’m afraid that my blog is not adequate. I’m asking myself, is what I write complete or balanced enough? Could I cover more spiritual things, leadership lessons, team building stuff. To do so I’d have to make a bunch of time for it. I will have to evaluate if the time required is worth the return.
2. It makes me angry that I still get caught up in superfluous criticisms about myself, I’d really like to conquer this weakness. Truth be told I can’t stand it when some joker throws pot shots at something they know nothing about. I need to get over that, people say a lot of ridiculous stuff, I can’t control it, therefore, I cannot let it control my thoughts. Jesus said, “Woe be it unto you when all men speak well of you.” I need that to sink in.
3. I feel a bit ashamed about the fact that I did lose 20 lbs by July, but then I put some of it back on. No excuses here. I had a good thing going this year, and I let it slip in the 4th quarter. Can’t win games without playing tough in the 4th quarter, can’t win championships without leading the last laps of a race…going to finish strong in 2009.
4. I’m guilty of not finishing some important threads of thought in 2008. I need to follow through to develop ideas, prayers, spiritual quests, ideas, and creativity. I think many of those things are stolen because of #2.

On the other hand…
1. I’m proud that my passion for God plays out in many areas of my life. It’s not just a church thing for this pastor, it’s a whole life calling.
2. I’m happy that many of the goals–fasting, prayer, study, family, financial, social, emotional–I set for 2008 have become realities.
3. I’m grateful for the blessing of Seven, I’m a dad!
4. My wife is the most supportive, willing, capable and helpful person I know. I’m secure in knowing we will be together forever!

Where does one go from here with this information? Well, I will sit with those things I desire to improve, celebrate the victories I’ve had, call my coach and set some new objectives, goals, resolutions for 2009. It is at hand, time to get cracken..

2008 REFLECTIONS (1/2)

This week as I’ve been reflecting on 2008 I’ve come across some Big Moments. Not only have I found some Big Moments, but I’ve began to process what the whole year has looked like.

Ten significant moments at knightrous.com in 2008…these were big deals for my 2008.

  1. Seven Addison Knight
  2. A Fresh Word
  3. Important Conversation About TRC
  4. My Favorite title of 2008
  5. My first win
  6. Never Forgotten, Mike Wallace
  7. A Monumental God Moment for TRC
  8. One of the Funnest Weekends of the Summer
  9. My Summer in Pics
  10. Trip to NYC, Nov 29

How about you? Put you ten moments from your blog, or make a list and link/write in the comments of this post. I’d love to know your high point of 2008!

PERSPECTIVE EXERCISE

Want to reflect on your 2008, find out the good, the bad, the areas to celebrate and improve?

Here is a little secret my Life Coach taught me. I want to share with you 8 statements that can help you reflect and gain vital perspective. Reflections can be a positive way to put circumstances, good and bad, into empowering opportunities. I do this exercise often as I go through the peaks and valleys of church leadership, personal growth, fatherhood, being a husband, race car driver and etc. I think these statements, if you’ll sit down and put in the time, will help you realize you are well on your way to the life God wants for you.

Finish the sentences…

  1. “I’m afraid that…”
  2. “It makes me angry that…”
  3. “I’m ashamed that…”
  4. “I feel guilty that…”
  5. “It makes me happy that…”
  6. “I’m grateful that…”
  7. “I’m secure in…”
  8. “I’m proud of…”

Here is an example of me doing this exercise during a very difficult time. Your circumstance need not be difficult, I’ve used this exercise to process high points also. Take the time to reflect on your 2008, Christmas, or even your weekend. Try to be succinct and brief in your statements; it will help you gain perspective to go forward.

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS

  • It was a welcome development, the schedule was back to normal for The Rock Church this weekend.
  • The roads were pretty nasty around the area, so the attendance was off. I’m expecting a full January as the weather normalizes and people set out to get back in church!
  • If you haven’t had a chance to give in the last three weeks, do so here.
  • Don’t forget, NEXT SUNDAY, New service times 9:30 and 11:30 as we prepare to launch a 10:30 at the new campus in Lake Stevens!

Ps 20:09, “Give victory to our king, O Lord! Answer our cry for help.
Our prayers and focus for 2009:

  • Give our King, Jesus, victory in the hearts of people; in our church, city, region and nation!
  • Give those in authority over us–leaders, elected officials, pastors, parents–victory in all righteousness they put their hand toward.
  • Give victory to the Kingdom of God…”let us be Kingdom minded as we go about our day, job, time. Let us be Kingdom focused in our giving, focus and time…”

After we pray those things and see to it–do everything in our power–to bring victory to those in authority over us we can then expect God to hear our prayer, answer our cry for help.

  • Big thanks to everyone who helped clear snow, ice, slush and the rest. From the roof to the roads teams of people were making sure the experience at TRC was safe! I love that about The Rock, people are genuinely concerned about the safety and health of people. They want them to experience God without hindrance, stumbling blocks or otherwise. Love that about all of you!