Theme of the Week: Godly Men Have A Vision for Life
Bible Verse: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 ESV
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 29:18, Micah 6:8, James 1:12-15
When I was a boy, I had one simple goal: an easy day. That’s why I didn’t want the academic rigors of college and why, when I finally decided to go to college, I didn’t actually go to class. It’s also why I racked up a terrible amount of credit card debt in my early twenties. It is also why I stayed in a predictable job for too long.
I didn’t have a vision for how the discipline formed by simply showing up to class would teach me how to show up in the rest of my life. I didn’t have the ability to project forward that an education meant more money, which could fund more meaningful pursuits. I didn’t have a vision for saving money to fund something of lasting value in the future, instead of things that would quickly go out of style.
The book of Proverbs says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18 KJV). Boys live only for today. They wait for inspiration to strike or for someone to hand them their big break or for the perfect woman to walk through the door. Men dream of something bigger, define it, and then work toward it. Somewhere along the way, I began to see the power of vision. That’s when I started to get manly. I decided to start working toward something significant, something bigger than what I was currently experiencing, something bigger than me.
I’m still working on my vision in an endless series of small daily choices, with a big dose of God’s grace and a slew of awesome people around me. But I can tell you that even though I’m still in the middle of the journey, I’m in a season in which I’m tasting some of the sweet fruit of having a vision bigger than me on the long walk toward it.
Taken from The Five Marks of a Man: Finding Your Path to Courageous Manhood by Brian Tome. Copyright ©2018 by Brian Tome. Used by permission of Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, MI. bakerpublishinggroup.com.
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