Day 24 | Determine 1 Area To Improve
- P.A.C.T.—Pray | Ask | Confess | Thank
- P.A.S.S.—Pray Prior | Author's Intent | Stop when Convicted | Share
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Determine one area to improve and write it down (consider one of the 5-F categories—Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, and Friendships)
17 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting, with strife.
2 A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
but the Lord tests the heart.
4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;
a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—
how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;
they think success will come at every turn.
9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person
more than a hundred lashes a fool.
11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God;
the messenger of death will be sent against them.
12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool bent on folly.
13 Evil will never leave the house
of one who pays back evil for good.
14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
the Lord detests them both.
16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
when they are not able to understand it?
17 A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
18 One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge
and puts up security for a neighbor.
19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;
whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper;
one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.
21 To have a fool for a child brings grief;
there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 The wicked accept bribes in secret
to pervert the course of justice.
24 A discerning person keeps wisdom in view,
but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son brings grief to his father
and bitterness to the mother who bore him.
26 If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good,
surely to flog honest officials is not right.
27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,
and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
and discerning if they hold their tongues.
Goal: Determine 1 Area That You Want To Improve
As we get accountability started, we have to begin with some kind of goal. Is it wrong that we said in our own mind? It’s not something someone else sets for us. I think the best way to determine an area to grow is to think about those 5F categories faith family finance fitness friendships. And then determine, did you hear me I said to determine one area that you want to improve. That’s it that’s what I want you to do today is to determine one area in your life that you want to improve that’s it.
A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.—Proverbs 17:17
You know you want them, but they are often hard to find—they're friends. The kind of friends that will get up at 2:00 am and rush to your aid for no other reason than they care about you. While you may be afraid to admit it openly, I bet you wish deep down you had friends like this. A friend that was "closer than a brother." Yet men, too often, go through life without one.
This proverb speaks openly about what men seldom confess. We long for meaningful relationships with other men. (I made that bold, so you don't miss it.) It's a friendship that ascends the bond of two male siblings. It's a masculine need to be known, valued, and loved regardless of our successes or shortcomings. And it's not something you stumble upon; it's something that you must intentionally build. We commonly call this friend a "brother" because he means so much more than "friend."
DO THIS: Be a brother today, and thank someone for their friendship.
PRAY THIS: God, you know my need for friendship. Help me to be loved and to extend love to others. God, send me a friend who is closer than a brother.
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