Day 12 | Share What You Read
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Pray prior for 1-minute
- Read Proverbs 5
- Share a verse or a principle with someone from the reading
- Pray for 4-minutes today using the P.A.C.T. method
Comment below and share it with the men, and then with someone else.
5 My son, pay attention to my wisdom,
turn your ear to my words of insight,
2 that you may maintain discretion
and your lips may preserve knowledge.
3 For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey,
and her speech is smoother than oil;
4 but in the end she is bitter as gall,
sharp as a double-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death;
her steps lead straight to the grave.
6 She gives no thought to the way of life;
her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.
7 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
do not turn aside from what I say.
8 Keep to a path far from her,
do not go near the door of her house,
9 lest you lose your honor to others
and your dignity to one who is cruel,
10 lest strangers feast on your wealth
and your toil enrich the house of another.
11 At the end of your life you will groan,
when your flesh and body are spent.
12 You will say, “How I hated discipline!
How my heart spurned correction!
13 I would not obey my teachers
or turn my ear to my instructors.
14 And I was soon in serious trouble
in the assembly of God’s people.”
15 Drink water from your own cistern,
running water from your own well.
16 Should your springs overflow in the streets,
your streams of water in the public squares?
17 Let them be yours alone,
never to be shared with strangers.
18 May your fountain be blessed,
and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 A loving doe, a graceful deer—
may her breasts satisfy you always,
may you ever be intoxicated with her love.
20 Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife?
Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?
21 For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
and he examines all your paths.
22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them;
the cords of their sins hold them fast.
23 For lack of discipline they will die,
led astray by their own great folly.
Goal: Share What You Read
Fellas, we are now on week two and day twelve.
Today we are going to share a verse in your reading with someone you know.
Before you get overwhelmed and make this more complicated than it needs to be, let me ensure you, be assured you don’t have to memorize it. But in some way, I do want you to share it with someone else. You could either choose to share the general principle or the exact words of the verse. Some guys out there are going to feel more comfortable in the environments that they live and work talking about the general principles they have read. Feel free to do this. This is one way we can actively share scripture. We sometimes think that sharing God’s word means quoting it precisely along with a recital of the book title, chapter, and verse—but this is not always necessary. I attempt to find a way to insert the topic into everyday life. This might including bringing the principle up in a meeting, sharing the thought with a friend, or for you that have no inhibition about sharing the exact words you could text them to someone you care about like a friend, spouse, or child.
I believe when we know we are going to share scripture with others, we read it differently. Today you are going to be reading and looking for something that captures your attention that feels worthy of talking about that connects with you and the people you will interact with today. This is precisely how I started writing the Men’s Daily Devo. I read and found things in scripture worthy of sharing with other men and decided to text and email them to men I knew. And today, tens of thousands read these thoughts every day.
But all you have to do today is to share one thought or verse with one person. You don’t have to share that it came from God’s Word unless you want you.
If you want, you can start by sharing it below in the comments. But remember, this does not count as your one person. And don’t forget to pray prior and after your reading today. From time to time, I will remind you about this, but I am going to assume moving forward that you are continuing this practice.
How I hated discipline,
and my heart despised reproof!—Proverbs 5:12
There is no reason to hate or despise needed discipline and reproof. Learn to love it, embrace it, welcome it, and even invite it. For the man who learns to love training is loved by people who are corrective, caring, and concerned for you. Instead of hating and despising it, incline your heart toward it and discover the great growth accelerator.
DO THIS: Receive correction without debate and incline your heart toward Godly change.
PRAY THIS: God, soften my heart to your discipline. Help me to see the joy in discipline and reproof.
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