ONE: DON’T MISS THE BOAT
- “When your ship comes in, don’t be at the bus station.”– Pastor Wayne Huntley
- 2 Timothy 4:2 Be instant in season, out of season;
- 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
TWO: REMEMBER THAT WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT
Ephesians 4:16 From whom THE WHOLE BODY FITLY JOINED TOGETHER and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies at the point. The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. Below are three “HONKS” from Adrian United.
o HONK ONE: Affirm one member of Adrian United
o HONK TWO: Affirm one friend of Adrian United
o HONK THREE: Affirm someone who has never attended Adrian United
THREE: PLAN AHEAD. IT WASN’T RAINING WHEN NOAH BUILT THE ARK
GAME PLAN – by John Maxwell
Predetermine a Course.
Lay Out Your Goals.
Adjust Your Priorities.
Notify Key Personnel.
Allow Time for Acceptance.
Head into Action.
Always Point to the Successes.
Daily Review Your Plan.
FOUR: STAY FIT. WHEN YOU’RE 600 YEARS OLD, SOMEONE MAY ASK YOU TO DO SOMETHING REALLY BIG
- If what you did yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today.
- “While you’re green, you’re growing; when you’re ripe you start to rot.” (Ray Kroc)
- The very act of seeking new insights drives out stale thinking.
- GROWTH CONTRIBUTES TO JOY
- What’s IMPRESSED in your heart gets EXPRESSED in your circumstances.
FIVE: DON’T LISTEN TO CRITICS; JUST KEEP WORKING
John Maxwell’s “The Elevator Principle” states: “People can be the wind beneath our wings or the anchor on our boat.” If you want to add value to people’s lives, keep the following in mind:
- Lifters commit themselves to daily encouragement.
- Lifters initiate the positive in a negative environment.
- Lifters understand life is not a dress rehearsal.
You can get everything you want if you help other people get what they want. — Zig Ziglar
SIX: BUILD YOUR FUTURE ON HIGH GROUND
Proverbs 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
- WHAT IS CHARACTER? What you do in the dark. “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is
lost, all is lost.”
- What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
- Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you
reap a destiny. — Charles Reade
SEVEN: WHEN YOU’RE STRESSED, FLOAT A WHILE
The “Coronary and Ulcer Club” lists the following rules for members…
- 1) Your job comes first. Forget everything else.
- 2) Saturdays & Sundays, are great times to work because no one else is in the office.
- 3) Always bring home your briefcase so you can review all the worries of the day.
- 4) Never say “no” to a request. Always say “yes.”
- 5) Accept all invitations to meetings, banquets, committees, etc.
EIGHT: REMEMBER, THE ARK WAS BUILT BY AMATEURS; THE TITANIC BY PROFESSIONALS
2 Corinthians 10:12 They measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
- “The closest we come to perfection is on a job interview.”
- Things to know about perfection:
- 1)It keeps you from creativity.
- 2)It keeps you from getting started.
- 3)It keeps you from being productive.
- 4)It keeps you from your purpose.
- 5)It is not attainable.
- 6) It leaves you frustrated.
NINE: NO MATTER THE STORM, WHEN YOU ARE WITH GOD, THERE’S ALWAYS A RAINBOW WAITING
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
The main nine points adapted from Rev. Brian Kinsey’s message “Repairing A Broken Relationship With Yourself.”