End of Year Review, Part Three: Reflect

At lunch yesterday, Jesse asked several of us what were our highlights from this past year. It actually took a while for each of us to list out three or four key highlights, especially ones that weren’t work related. 

Reflecting. So what about you? What were your highlights from 2008? Take a moment before 2009 gets officially underway and list them out. Try to make a top ten list. And if it is hard for you to come up with anything, then make some adjustments in 2009. 

Reflect. Decide. Do. I think this is someone’s tagline, but it is also a great year end statement.

Young Influencers List- December edition

The December edition of the Young Influencers List. And check out the archives of this past year. 

1. Tad Agoglia– founder of the First Response Team of America. This is an amazing organization and Tad is one of the winners of the CNN Heroes Award. 

2. Natalya Radford – worship leader at Crossroads Church in Costa Mesa, CA, as part of the Generate Student Ministry.

3. Tripp Crosby– sketch comedian, host and filmmaker. Founder of Green Tricycle Films and the maker of perhaps the funniest video ever at Catalyst featuring Lanny Donoho and Jeff Foxworthy. 

4. Jessica Flannery– co-founder of Kiva, an incredible organization that is a platform for micro-finance throughout the world. 

5. Rick Devos– founder of Spout, an interactive online community that is designed to connect and inspire film lovers.

Back in the Saddle

The blogging vacation is over. Time to re-enter the atmosphere. 

Spent 12 hours in the car yesterday driving back from Oklahoma to Atlanta. Lots of time to think, reflect, and catch up on podcasts and CD’s. Finally had the chance to listen to the talks from Catalyst in October. 

Andy Stanley’s message on Moral Authority from Catalyst is off the charts. Based on Nehemiah and so many parallels to what is happening today in our country and with our economic situation. If you weren’t able to hear it live, you need to buy the CD set on our website. It is worth having. For some reason this talk just really stood out to me above the rest.

Another post later today on Year End Review, and the December Young Influencers List.

Also, some major press for Gift Card Giver in the Chicago Sun Times. Gift Card Giver is an organization I am involved with as a board member, so be sure to check it out. And if you have any gift cards with unused dollars left on them, send them to us. We’ll put them to good use.

Church roots

A few shots from the Church of God in Bristow, OK where I grew up. Still looks and sounds the same, although a little more contemporary now ….

A Ministry you should know about

Spent some time today with Buddy Stone, the founder of Stand in the Gap, a national ministry focused on providing family support for orphans, the fatherless, widows, recently released inmates, the elderly and those in need. Very cool ministry model and simple process for churches to implement. I highly recommend you check out the great work that Buddy and his team are doing. 

You can implement their training model and process for free in your church. 

Here is a clip from John Townsend talking about the work of Stand in the Gap. 

Merry Christmas Video

A little Christmas joy for today on Christmas Eve. Watch this VIDEO. It is a parody put together by Dustin showing all the team members of our entire company, with some fun lyrics built in. Merry Christmas!

End of Year Review, Part Two: Ask the Right Questions

Part two in the year end review series. 

Here are some great questions to ask as you wrap up the year. 

1. What are the 2-3 themes that personally defined 2008?

2. What people, books, accomplishments, or special moments created highlights in 2008?

3. Give yourself a grade in the following areas of focus: vocationally, spiritually, family, relationally, emotionally, financially, physically, recreationally

4. What am I working on that is BIG?

5. As I move into 2009, is a majority of my energy being spent on things that drain me or things that energize me? 

6. How am I preparing for 20 years from now? 

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