Day 24

Day 24 | Determine 1 Area To Improve

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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)
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  1. Allan says:

    Fornme, it would be family. In that category I need to improve my husbanding. Specifically, I need to verbalize to my wife what I’m thinking and the rationale for my actions. I am so used to keeping it all in my head. When I don’t share, feelings are hurt.

  2. Ken Winegarden says:

    Father, I pray for your truth, guidance & strength to turn away from the old man & walk with my new man.

  3. Brian says:

    Family. I need to work on being the better husband, father, and spiritual lead that God created me to be.

  4. David Frankel says:

    The on who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

  5. Don Neal says:

    I like the verse that says “a cheerful heart is good medicine.” Being positive can help keep up our spirits even in the face of adversity.

  6. Michael says:

    The exercise was to pick an area to be held accountable in. I am thinking faith and following the disciplines that have been highlighted in this study. I also have an idea about a accountability partner. I do a good job on the fitness, family, finances, friends. I also have ideas of that into the future.

    I thought this chapter on Proverbs spoke to me more than the other chapters.

  7. Joel says:

    (2/14/21) Proverbs 16:3, 9 The Passion Translation
    “Before you do anything, put your trust totally in God and not in yourself. Then every plan you make will succeed.”
    “Within your heart you can make plans for your future, but the Lord chooses the steps you take to get there.”
    This morning I was determined to follow the plans I made for this day. This evening, my plans have totally changed, and they are nothing like what I had planned. I must seek God’s plans before I do anything else, then, I can follow His guidance instead of moving ahead with my own.

  8. Paul says:

    Verse 6 stuck with me today. Having raised three boys and now watching them raise their children, it is good to see that God is part of their lives. How blessed I am to be a part of that, but it needs continued prayer, scripture reading, brotherhood, accountability and finally ministry to make this all work. Very good fundamental disciplines for me to adhere to. This is my prayer to God, help me to be that example for my children and grandchildren. That is also my prayer for all us as men. More than ever today we need these disciplines.

  9. Mike Urias says:

    17 A friend loves at all times,
    and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

    From love comes friendship and trust

  10. Louis Vanderhart says:

    Faith is an area l feel that l fall short, thinking that can do it better instead of letting God take over, l want to help God as if he not able to do it alone

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  11. Mike Morrison says:

    I’m taking this opportunity to confront my passive-aggressive tendencies that hinder my usefulness to God.

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  12. Eric Pearson says:

    I know he said to just choose ONE area in Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, and Friendships, but I think I have several things in each that could be improved.
    🙁

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  13. Terry says:

    My area is accountability with family. Specifically, I want to build stronger relationships with my kids and actively teach and lead them to follow Jesus.

  14. Mark says:

    The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,
    and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
    – Wow, need to learn to retrain my words,

  15. kevin says:

    12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
    than a fool bent on folly.

    This is a great scripture to meditate on. Fools will certainly lead us astray. We have to recognize the fools before harm is done.

  16. Cory B says:

    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.

    Family and those closest to me. I have a tendency to get easily frustrated and angry. Then I open my mouth and say something sarcastic or terse. It is not usually well received and feelings are hurt or arguments ensue. I need to be quicker to listen, slower to speak and much slower to anger.

  17. Thaddeus Kennedy says:

    One area that I am looking to improve is having better communication with my wife as well as kids in explaining what I want from them and what is needed to accomplish it.

  18. Peter says:

    28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
    and discerning if they hold their tongues.

    Or another way to put it…

    Abraham Lincoln’s witty saying: “It is better to keep your mouth shut and let them think you a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

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  19. John McBride says:

    With me doing this 35 day challenge in the beginning I asked 2 of my Christian brothers to help be my accountability partners. And to this day they have been. Having that helps makes us all strong because we talk about the issues and bounce thoughts and feelings off of one another. God is so good!

  20. Christopher Soto says:

    Faith. Definitely in the area of my convictions. I want to grow in the right ones and tear down wrong ones. I want to allow my self to be guided by proper convictions of who God is, and what He is for me.

  21. Kevin V says:

    v17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

    This gets to the heart of this challenge. I am so thankful that I have a couple of close friends that are “closer” than a brother. These guys have helped me get through some difficult times. Thank you Jesus for good, Christian brothers.

  22. Brad says:

    My F is fitness, Last month I started walking on a regular basis in my neighborhood. I was able to walk 20 days averaging about 2 miles a day. I need to continue. It is more difficult now as I live in the desert of AZ, but morning are still cool. Lord, help me to wake up ready to walk physically but also in your ways.

  23. Jared says:

    Im with you Cory! I have been working on this for a while now, but it continues to be my struggle. I support you and its good to know other men stuggle in the same areas i do. Somtimes struggle can feel so lonely.

  24. Eddie says:

    19 “Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.” Growing up, I used to live to argue with my sister, I still do like to argue, but it’s not something I actively seek out anymore. One area I need to improve on building more relationships with Godly men.

  25. Mark Lubbock says:

    So – what do You do with verse 8? “A bribe is like a lucky charm; whoever gives one will prosper!”
    Proverbs 17:8 NLT

    • Scott says:

      I think it is essentially saying bribes work. I don’t think it is condoning bribes at all. Bribes are considered wrong throughout the OT…but they work and they allow one to prosper. But, if you look at other references to bribes, it says people are running after gifts but are not doing the will of the Father.

  26. Jim says:

    I believe I could improve in 4 of the5 categories . But My main concern for change is fitness / Diet/health.
    Been procrastinating on this for some time . Blessings to all my Brothers.

  27. Matt K says:

    I mentioned this early in the series. One thing I need to work on is finances, more for my kids. We have most things “set up” for retirement, ins (both us and kids), and current living; however, we have not done a good job at all in setting up the kids for college.

  28. Nathan says:

    I am going to work on family. My wife is fighting stage 4 cancer and I need to be a better spiritual leader to my wife and kids through this storm.

  29. J.T. Fetherolf says:

    Verse 17
    Just a great reminder that we need to love our friends at ALL times, even though that may take many forms (encouragement, appreciation, rebuking, etc). We also need to use that criteria for understanding who around us is truly a friend. And I love that it says a “brother is born for a time of adversity”. How true it is that we need our “brothers“ in our times of hardship.

    My area for improvement will be fitness. I’m coming off of a back surgery last fall and have recently been cleared to resume all activities, so it’s perfect timing.

  30. Chad Husted says:

    get “out of the box” regarding the people closest to me. Reading Leadership and Self-Deception and finding it to be very convicting…

  31. Gavin says:

    I’m choosing Family. Creating a healthy balance of being a developing parent and continuing to grow in my marriage.

  32. James Celkis says:

    My “F” would for fruit, as in “fruit of the spirit.” I need for more of all of them!
    More specifically, my lack of patience at times, primarily with my 3 young sons, is the probably the primary source of any difficulty I have in my blessed life.
    Sometimes I shine, sometimes I fail spectacularly. I know it’s ultimately rooted in selfishness, so I need to practice sacrificing more, even more, to demonstrate my love for them.

  33. Danny says:

    I choose Faith (Trust)… if God says He will, He will… its a promise… so, do I worry (which is negative meditation) or do I give it to God and his promises and bring the umbrella when I pray for rain (because that is trust / faith)

  34. Scott says:

    14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
    so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
    Pastor Don spoke about this yesterday as well as retaliation regarding the Sermon on Mount (Mat 5:38). Going into a confrontation with “pre-forgiveness” is key to being able to dropping the matter before a quarrel breaks out.

  35. Dennis says:

    I need to improve my fitness for sure. My wife and I have changed some eating habits, and that is a start.
    Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongue. – That was a girl in my senior high school class’ senior quote. Hmmm

  36. Gordon says:

    As a teacher, I must conquer OCG (obsessive compulsive grading). I can’t serve the Lord very effectively, if I spend too much time on nights and weekends grading.

  37. Ted says:

    I need to dedicate myself more to our Lord’s instruction. And step out to do His will
    Blessings my brothers

  38. Scott says:

    17 A friend loves at all times,
    and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

    Oh how we need brothers. I am excited to be starting the Band of Brothers in a week. It will be great to see who wants to be a part of it.

    The one area of my life I am going to focus on is controlling my schedule and not letting it control me.

  39. Ross says:

    I have determined, in the area of family, to connect with my adult children at least once a month, as a start to rebuilding relationships.

  40. Mac says:

    Even fools are thought wise if they remain silent.
    Gets me thinking there are a lot of fools around as everyone has an opinion in everything ( including me often enough). Read this as a family on the way in to church. That was a blessing!

  41. Steve Oliver says:

    Determining to develop accountability around family by paying attention to needs, discerning where help is warranted and possible, and making time for connection.

  42. Al says:

    Yeah I’m gonna have to say fitness and my health kinda odd I’ve been praying about this the last few days then this activity comes up . Think maybe Gods trying to tell me something??

  43. Tom says:

    More compassion for my fellow man. More insight on the root causes for undesirable behavior and less on the behavior itself. A spirit of humility mixed in with compassion, only God can give.

  44. Brian Grundhauser says:

    I like the part about a brother is born for adversity. In the devotion it talks about having male friends that transcend that relationship of a brother and we often call them brother. Today more than ever, I am thankful and proud to call you guys brother!

  45. Les Silliman says:

    The area I chose is family. I tend to take God’s blessings on my family for granted and focus on other issues.
    With 15 grandchildren I need to remember all the external influences that surround them and continue to ask God’s guidance and protection.

  46. Matt Troyer says:

    Intentional discipleship of my son. He’s 11 now and I want/need to step up the discipling game now that he is older.

  47. Chuck says:

    My focus will to (continue to ) PERSIST, in my faith, as starting with faith will cover the other Fs.
    This verse jumped out at me:
    27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

  48. Steve B says:

    I love when it says a joyful heart is good medicine. Proverbs stresses the importance of watching our tongue.

  49. Jeff Carter says:

    My category is Faith. I need to improve my availability and spend more time in fellowship with my church family

  50. Michael says:

    I want to be less angry in my heart. I never thought I would be someone who yelled at my kids, but my daughters have been fighting non stop, and the frustration spills out into harsh words. So I guess that’s too F’s. I need to grow in my Faith so I’m slower to anger, and this will hopefully impact my family in a positive way

  51. Mike M says:

    Area to improve: Family – to be more intentional about gathering extended family together more frequently now that parents/grandparents have passed.

  52. John says:

    I want to drastically improve my ability to create a 3-year vision for my faith, family, fitness, finance and friendships.

  53. Michael Swalley says:

    My wife and I need to work on getting on the same page with finances, and then working as a team to increase our generosity.

  54. Dave says:

    The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

    There are visible evidences of foolishness and wisdom. Earlier in the passage it states God tries the heart and that is the source of all we are. If I want change it must start in my heart. What I say makes a difference and how I react to things makes a difference; it reveals what is in my heart. When I evaluate my actions using God’s Word it becomes clear which things are foolish and which are wise. Friends will always love me but a brother will challenge me to be better.

    My one area I chose to improve is fitness. Now that I have cleared up some of my physical issues I can improve what I am doing to remain healthy. I will ask someone to keep me accountable in a positive manner to succeed in this decision.

  55. John Sather says:

    Fitness is what I need to Work On. I turn to food when stressed, need to find a healthier option to deal with stress

  56. Brian Menk says:

    I have allowed myself, through poor eating choices and lack of exercise, to get out of shape. I feel sluggish. I need to have more discipline in this areas to get back into the shape I want to be in.

  57. Ian Bonthron says:

    “Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
    than a fool bent on folly.” This is an incredible Analogy, I can only imagine how foolish you have to be, where we’re be safer to meet a mama bear without her cubs. Lord stop me from being foolish!

  58. Mark Lundquist says:

    one area in my life I want to improve?????? cant I decide on 50??? Well, I guess I will stick with the one…

  59. Eddie says:

    I have been on the keto diet since September and have lost over 30 lbs, but I need to lose a lot more, so I HAVE to start exercising again, in order to get back down to a healthy weight. verse 9 is my recently determined view on life, to foster love for others, rather than rehashing the past, which can destroy friendships. verse 22 is something I am dealing with at my house with my kids, I try to have a cheerful heart, but they have crushed spirits, and we all know misery loves company, so their bad outlook on life is contagious and can turn a good day into a bad day.

  60. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    Cheryl and I retired to Winona to be close to our grandchildren and as a huge bonus – we’ve been blessed with such a large family in Christ here at PV. We have an abundance of Faith, Family and
    Friendship. Thank You Lord and All of you brothers.

  61. Troy says:

    Finances for sure-Always been a thorn. Besides my accountability partner, I am seeking a professional mentor on the issue.
    Say a prayer……….

  62. Kevin says:

    Verse 6 parents are the pride of their children. Only with a close walk with God as the proverbs up to this point tells us, helps us live a godly, positive life. This alone will help us be the pride of our children.

  63. Addison Waite says:

    Proverbs is straight up wisdom. So good to meditate on these truths.
    My area to improve is fitness. Going to be intentional and work out 3 x a week.

  64. Troy says:

    Need to grow in the Knowledge of God /Jesus/Holy Spirit. Self discipline of my reading, meditating on these, discussion with others. Avoiding distractions.

  65. David says:

    I need to improve my openness. I often stay silent, which is good sometimes; but staying silent in family and friend relationships does not serve to build into those relationships. It only serves to encourage deception and build pedestals that I can’t live up to.

  66. Dave P says:

    Definitely Family. Especially grandchildren who are struggling and searching in the wrong areas for contentment. May I influence them in seeking the fulfilled life that only God can bring.

  67. Brian says:

    14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
    so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

    27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,
    and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

    This speaks to the accountability I seek. I’m prone to being headstrong with My wife (and she with me!) and I would like to learn to let things go. I don’t want to breach that dam and pray that God will keep this on my heart when I feel myself getting frustrated by something.

  68. Chad says:

    One area I have determined to improve on is in the area of finance. Specifically, the value of generosity and tithing. The goal is to move toward 10-10-80 (giving, saving, living) with what God has ultimately provided for me.

  69. Denny says:

    The one area I want to improve on is friends. I recently changed churches due to a change in leadership. I had many brothers whom I shared much with in my old congregation . I would like to build similar relationships in my new church.

  70. Jeff says:

    Family
    Unique challenges come with a blended family of adult children when the focus goal is the marriage.

  71. Wayne D says:

    14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
    Over and over in these devotions I’m reminded to not be so easily offended. God is telling me to calm down and count my blessings instead of infractions against me.

  72. Eric M. says:

    “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.” How true this is and so hard to practice sometimes. Lord, give me the strength to STOP a quarrel BEFORE it starts!

  73. Sam says:

    I want to find a brother that will hold me accountable and that I can talk with about everything that I need and want to change

  74. Dave Benson says:

    Verse 22 jumps out at me this morning: A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. In an accountability setting that cheerful man can sure help to treat the crushed spirit.

    My goal for the five F’s is fitness. I know if I would lean it to like I should it would put more energy in to my faith, family, finances, and friendships. After doing the challenge for 24 days I can’t wait to get up in the morning and dive in to it and I know engaging in fitness would be the same. Like the challenge, it’s simply the commitment to start. Hold me accountable brothers!

    • Eric M. says:

      Amen Brother to that!! Hang in there Corey as your reward for staying true will ALWAYS out weigh the excitement of the momentary lust. The greater the struggle and subsequent victory the GREATER the reward.

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  75. Jay Wegiel says:

    My change falls under the fitness category. I’d like to loose 25lbs. And have a more consistent cardio regimen.

  76. gregg meyer says:

    1 goal of accountability? Seems pretty doable but in reality it’s tough. We all lead busy lives and this appears to be another thing on the plate but it is much more than that. The evil one desires to isolate us, he desires to keep us isolated from all other meaningful male contact. when we are living in spiritual isolation, void of other meaningful relationships with other men, we are easier to break down due to the fact we feel alone. So I encourage you to dig into one another and become the 3a.m. guy (the guy you can call when it all breaks loose no matter what time it is) you all got my number.. Have a blessed day gentlemen.

  77. Dean Wendler says:

    Verse 6a ” Children’s children are a crown to the aged.” We are going to Iowa this weekend to be with my children and grandchildren. They are my pride and joy.
    The thing I want to continue to work on is FITNESS. I want to be active, so I can enjoy playing with my grandchildren.

  78. Dan says:

    Proverbs 17 is a little scary. I’m in a cycle of struggle. This chapter speaks much about the fool, and his destructive ways. There isn’t any hope for this man, at least here.
    I can’t forget John 3:16. Jesus died for fools like me…

    I think Vince is asking how we want to step away from that foolishness.
    For me, I’ve been challenged to honestly look at my values and reshape them.

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