Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘hear , O israel! the Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:29-31 NASB
When men act like Godly men everyone wins.
Families are strong. Communities flourish. The local church is active as designed by God. And those truly in need are taken care of.
But passivity forced upon men by a godless culture has corrupted the view of proper manhood.
As men we must speak up and speak to. It’s hard. I know it’s hard because I want to just keep quiet and mind my own business most of the time. But often times that isn’t what we should do.
We become passive and disengaged because of fear really. We fear ridicule. We fear being ostracized. We fear being labeled something we are not.
But if we put ourselves last and stop worrying about what others may do to us or how we will be treated, then that is when He (God) will lift us up.
Put God first, family second, and put yourself third. And as we put Him first He will be the source of our strength and supply.
We have to live knowing that we do so for His glory always.
Be peaceful not passive. Stand up for what’s right. Stand strong for the truth in the face of opposition and fear. Pull courage from the source of strength that is our faith in Jesus Christ. Be a man after God’s own heart.
Dolphins can swim really fast. Daffodils bring joy and are easy to grow.
At the intersection of our dolphin and daffodil we find our purpose.
D2X—the intersection of his Dolphin (the Task he was born to do best) and his Daffodil (the people-group he was born to best Serve).
You’ll just have to read this F3 Nation post linked below to understand.
It’s been a great weekend and Memorial Day filled with serving, exercise and fellowship.
Saturday started early with the @F3NWArkansas beatdown at the Genesis AO with @babyface_F3.
Then we enjoyed some family time and Braum’s milk shakes.
On Sunday it was great to drive the church van, fellowship and teach our Life Group about Ruth. And then my wife and I went on a group bike ride with some friends. Northwest Arkansas is such a great place for bike enthusiasts. With the Greenway trail system and ample other city trails there are so many route options.
On Memorial day my wife and I finished strong. I put in an eight mile run and she pushed an eleven mile bike ride.
After some rest we headed over to a friend’s house and was treated to smoked brisket and the kids enjoyed the beautiful pool.
I’m thankful for the men and women who have served and sacrificed to allow my family to live in a country where liberty and freedom are found.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth , and having put on the breastplate of righteousness , and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace ; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation , and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
EPHESIANS 6:10-20 NASB