Matt Knight

My thoughts on faith, books, and life in general

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Leave a Legacy

A little over a week ago, we had a big retirement ceremony for my boss and mentor. We call him “Chappy” and he’s one of the best bosses I could have hoped to work for.LegacyTree

He is leaving our team to go back to the civilian world and pastor a church.

Our loss is their gain.

I wish him all the best.

Some other pastors spoke at Chappy’s retirement ceremony. The opening prayer was offered by a couple who mentored Chappy many years ago when he first entered the ministry. What’s amazing is that another local pastor also shared how this same couple had influenced him as he entered ministry. Both Chappy and this local pastor have a great influence in our community and beyond. But what struck me was the incredible legacy and influence of this couple who had invested in these two pastors and so many others.
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Set Better Goals This Year

''Achieve' ad at Al Corniche, Doha, Qatar' photo (c) 2012, Debbie Tingzon - license:’s the New Year, and there’s a lot of talk about Goals or Resolutions.

Have you made any resolutions this year?

It’s good to plan things you want to do, but I want to encourage you to try something else that I’ve done for a few years now. Focus on character traits that you want to cultivate.

One of Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is “Begin with the end in mind.” This is crucial for planning your life. Who do you want to be?

Do you struggle with laziness, and wish you were more of a hard worker? Make set a course toward that character trait by making goals consistent with working diligently.

Decide what kind of person you want to be and set goals that will help you build those character traits. At the same time, set goals to root out those activities or habits that take you away from the person you want to be.

Andy Stanley, author of The Principle of the Path says this is the Path Principle:
It is our decisions, not our desires that determine our destination in life.

For more on setting good goals check out this article from business and finance guru Dave Ramsey.

This year, don’t just resolve to do. Become the person you want to be.

What character traits do you want to cultivate this year?