Day 27 | Own It
- 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:
- Own It. It's not someone else's job to own your personal growth and the check-in—it's yours. Check-in 1-3 more times with the people you initially declared your goal with and give them an update.
20 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion;
those who anger him forfeit their lives.
3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,
but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 Sluggards do not plow in season;
so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,
but one who has insight draws them out.
6 Many claim to have unfailing love,
but a faithful person who can find?
7 The righteous lead blameless lives;
blessed are their children after them.
8 When a king sits on his throne to judge,
he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;
I am clean and without sin”?
10 Differing weights and differing measures—
the Lord detests them both.
11 Even small children are known by their actions,
so is their conduct really pure and upright?
12 Ears that hear and eyes that see—
the Lord has made them both.
13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer—
then goes off and boasts about the purchase.
15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,
but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;
hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.
17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet,
but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18 Plans are established by seeking advice;
so if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 A gossip betrays a confidence;
so avoid anyone who talks too much.
20 If someone curses their father or mother,
their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance claimed too soon
will not be blessed at the end.
22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”
Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.
23 The Lord detests differing weights,
and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 A person’s steps are directed by the Lord.
How then can anyone understand their own way?
25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly
and only later to consider one’s vows.
26 A wise king winnows out the wicked;
he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord
that sheds light on one’s inmost being.
28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe;
through love his throne is made secure.
29 The glory of young men is their strength,
gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Blows and wounds scrub away evil,
and beatings purge the inmost being.
Goal: Own It
- Ditch the bad beliefs and attitudes
- Determine one area where you want to grow
- Describe how life would be different
- Declare it – with at least one other person
- Own it – you own the responsibility for checking back in 1-3 times
Today we are going to focus on you initiating the check-in process. I think accountability gets complicated because everybody expects somebody else to do the work. What I’m asking you to do today is own the process of accountability. You start the check-in process and own it all the way through to the end. This is simply initiating a check-in with the people that you went public with and tell them what you learned about something you started, stopped, or want to continue in the process of your growth. And from here on out, I want you to own the process.
The purpose in a man's heart is like deep water,
but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,
but a faithful man who can find?—Proverbs 20:5-6
At face value, men are often described as being straightforward. But the heart of a man is genuinely deep and challenging to understand. The heart is commonly perceived as the center of a man from which stems his motivation. This is different from a man's brain, which reacts to stimuli and responds accordingly as there is more complexity in the depths of a man's heart. This strange and unknown place is where the motive behind an action is birthed, something only known to an individual and God.
As men of God, we are indeed challenged by the words of Psalms 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
Remind yourself today that God understands your heart better than you do. Seek God's perspective on your purposes, thoughts, and motivations, and you will find the grievous ways which are in you will be drawn out. Don't let a blindspot cloud your motive, rather be continually training yourself to ask God to reveal and lead your heart. In doing so, you will become a man of understanding.
DO THIS: Ask God to reveal the grievous in you.
PRAY THIS: God, reveal what in me is grievous to you. Clarify my motives and help me to know the deep waters of my heart. Align my heart with yours so that I may do your will.
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