Day 25 | Describe How You Want Life To Be Different
- 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:
- Describe how life would be different if you accomplished your determined goal
18 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding
but delight in airing their own opinions.
3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
and with shame comes reproach.
4 The words of the mouth are deep waters,
but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.
5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked
and so deprive the innocent of justice.
6 The lips of fools bring them strife,
and their mouths invite a beating.
7 The mouths of fools are their undoing,
and their lips are a snare to their very lives.
8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.
9 One who is slack in his work
is brother to one who destroys.
10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.
11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
they imagine it a wall too high to scale.
12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.
13 To answer before listening—
that is folly and shame.
14 The human spirit can endure in sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,
for the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 A gift opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right,
until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
18 Casting the lot settles disputes
and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city;
disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;
with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 He who finds a wife finds what is good
and receives favor from the Lord.
23 The poor plead for mercy,
but the rich answer harshly.
24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Goal: Describe how life would be different if you accomplished your goal.
Today we want to think about that one area that we determined yesterday that we wanted to improve. Today I want you to imagine how your life would be different if you were successful in this one area. In fact, I would like to have you write down how you believe your life would be different. Consider how it would affect relationships. Imagine how it would change your beliefs, attitudes, and actions. Imagine how it would shape that new you. Please think about this in detail. What I want you to do is have a clear vision for a future you.
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.—Proverbs 18:24.
We have all had a moment where we've been disappointed in a friend. Maybe they've failed to deliver on a promise, embellished an untruth, spoken a word of gossip, said something hurtful, or merely left you out. Frequently we jump to several conclusions, including "What's wrong with me?" This thought is followed by feelings of frustration, anger, and resentment, and before you know it, our thoughts cycle entirely around ourselves. When you find yourself doing this, consider less what others need to do to be better friends. Instead, consider what you need to do to be a good friend—or maybe make better friends. Because there is "a friend, who sticks closer than a brother."
DO THIS: Be a friend by telling a friend thank you for their friendship today.
PRAYER: God, bring friends into my life that make me better. And help me to be the best of friends.
Share That You Completed Today's Challenge