Sheepdogs remember when traveling through life, there is no perfect path. We will all stumble, question, make mistakes, succeed, fail, hurt, and love. Traveling that path with joy is the key. Take every day on with as much joy in your heart as possible. Find that joy by doing what’s right because it’s right, living for something bigger than you, and finding purpose with the things you do.
Now know this, that if you don’t feel that purpose, then go find it. Find your purpose and chase it, put forth effort towards it, and love it. It will not be comfortable, and it will not be easy, and you will sacrifice some things in your life for it (usually material things), but it will be worth it. Always remember, you are doing what is right because you are doing it wrong. We all, except for Christ, are doing it wrong. But we strive to do it right and better every day, so we are doing it right!
Find your validation from a masculine source. It can not come from a feminine source. This is why we need mentors in our lives and we need to be mentors for younger men.
Devotion - We All Have One
No man gets to go through life without one. We all have a deep, hungry, and yearning question. Our question is not static; it does not rest, nor does it fail to want more. If we’re not careful, its next meal could be us.
Have you discovered your question yet? It most likely sounds something like, “Do I have what it takes?” You’ve been asking it longer than you’ve been able to form words. Consider the barely walking baby boy, grinning ear to ear, trying to get Dad’s or Mom’s attention, saying “Dat, dat, dat!” Think about the teenage boy who’d do everything imaginable, and some things you wish he’d left unimaginable, to get interest from friends—especially female friends.
Too many men go decades without an answer. We take our question to girls, to women, to our wives, and to porn. But it remains. We take our question to school, to work, after hours, and all the hours. But it remains sturdy, louder than ever, and unanswered.
Unanswered questions hurt. Some of us power off, hang up, or hide. We try to skip that level and avoid the question monster altogether. We dip our feet or dive deep into hobbies, alcohol, drugs, and entertainment. We try anything to answer the question, or at least mute it for a while. Good things, bad things, anything to stop the nagging question.
As you watch today’s video and read today’s Scriptures, begin asking your question to God, your Father.
Watch this video, and write down your question.
Jeremiah 33:3 - ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct your paths.
Ephesians 2:10 - For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Jeremiah 17:5-8 - Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.