Love Dare – Day 16

SUCCESS!

Today was wonderful and simply. In spite of its simplicity, it was quite powerful. I was to pray for Kristin throughout the day.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16

I’m not necessarily saying I’m righteous – at least on my own accord. Rather, as a believer, given the Holy Spirit to guide me, I can rest assured that God hears my prayers and is answering them according to His will.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Kristin, I hope you had a wonderful day! I will keep praying for you!

Learning About Leadership

God has blessed me with leadership qualities. However, this is something that I’ve been reluctant to embrace. I tend to err on the side of gentleness rather than on the opposite end where tyrants are born. However, it’s time I “seize my manhood” (no sexual pun intended) and be the man God has called me to be.

It’s time I step it up in my marriage, and it’s time I embrace responsibility. Some things that come to mind are: setting budgets (and sticking to them), planning my travels (and not just letting Kristin do that), helping more with chores and errands (especially paying the bills), setting more long term goals (in both my career and marriage), making date nights sacred again (and not letting things like the NFL interrupt these days), and honoring a Sabbath day (and actually spending it with Jesus).

One other area that I want to practice leadership is with my guy friends. Somehow I’ve ended up as the point-man in a small group on Tuesday nights where we’re working through a curriculum called Men’s Fraternity . I’ve participated in a similar group with Union Church, and it was quite eye-opening. However, I haven’t put all the things I learned into practice. My goal, as I watch this DVD sermon series a second time, is two fold: 1. To more intentionally apply the things I learn, and 2. To facilitate discussions well with my guy friends, being the leader I know I can be.

These are seemingly insurmountable goals. However, I know they are achievable in time and with God’s help.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. -Philippians 4:13

And this other verse is why I want to be motivated to do these things:

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is,seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. -Colossians 3:1-3