Your Final Words
When David's time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying, “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn, that the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’ 1 Kings 2:1-4
Stop and imagine what your last words would be to your successor and son. King David must have been reflecting and formulating what he would say at this moment to his son for years — evidenced by the pointed and thoughtful nature of his words. Keep in mind, your end will come, and someone else will follow in your steps. The choice is yours, you can either let it happen, or you can obediently plan for it. As men, we are called to consider the future, it's part of leadership and being a man. And one component of this is considering how to transfer leadership wisdom when the time comes. In this instance, David gave his son specific advice on who to be, what to do, and how to hold to his faith as a man and leader. David commands him to "be strong" or as I'd like to say "be resolute." It's unwavering obedience to God and his laws. And the outcome is a nation of better men.
DO THIS: Consider your leadership, character, and final words.
PRAYER: God, give me the courage to consider my future and to who I will be handing the baton. Give me courage and strength to consider this and take the needed action.