I am having a great morning. I pray that you are also. Are you still thinking about how to follow your consecration? I am. Today, I got an idea.
As navigator on a U.S. naval warship, one of my responsibilities after every completed drill, evolution, inspection or port visit was to write the “after-action report”. It is basically a summary of the event. Some version of a similar document is used in schools, service organizations, nonprofits, and government. The report serves several purposes. It is beneficial for recording the event as well as sharing observations. As you can imagine, the summary is extremely valuable and there are several components that make it so. One value is that it is a collaborative effort. Although I was responsible for starting and compiling the information gathered, the content was provided by other department heads on my ship and me. Once I gathered all of their input, I presented my draft to the Commanding Officer. He made his edits and then added his own observations. Once the report was approved by the Commanding Officer, it was published. (You see, I have been writing and publishing for a while now). The published after-action report is most used for the lessons learned within the document.
I remember after I submitted my first couple of reports to my Commanding Officer, he pulled me aside to give me some helpful feedback. He said, “NAV, the after action report is not just to rehash the series of steps in the evolution. These observations will empower other Commanding Officers to make informed decisions about similar operations that they will be involved with in the future.” That nugget of wisdom has helped me throughout my writing journey. I challenge myself to write content with an inspiring angle. Lessons Learned and For Action Items are my specialty.
This morning as I prayed, I was reminded of the after-action reports that I have written over the years. Whether I served as a board member or volunteer for the Vacation Bible School, I have used that concept of empowering others to make informed decisions many times by sharing my past observations. It is a valuable practice. You can incorporate the idea of after-action reporting into just about anything. That includes fasting.
As I stated yesterday, I know there are some things that God said to you during the consecration. You don’t want to forget them. You also don’t want to negate doing the assignments He gave to you. Better yet, you want to improve for the next time you decide to commit to a period of fasting and prayer. That being said, you want to draft a consecration after-action resolution.
I used resolution, rather than report, because this summary requires that you make a decision to ACT.
Here are some important items you want to include in your resolution.
The date/range of days of your fasting period
The specific goals/mission/challenges you had for your fasting period
Any people that may have participated with you
Your lessons learned
State your action items – things you were urged to do during the fast
Plan for the next period of fasting and prayer.
End it with a resolution for what you commit to doing as a result of what you learned during this fasting period. It helps to put it in the form of a confession. You may even decide to use scripture references to help you remember it and cement it.
This resolution is great for your family members to get involved because you can gain the different perspective from them as to what they learned during the consecration and what they want to focus on for the next time you decide to do it together.
Later this week, I plan to share my resolution.
Feel free to share with me any ideas you may add to your after-action resolution in the comments below. We learn from each other.
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