70 Things - Church, Contentment, Counsel
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, October 18 2010 00:00|
Church, Contentment, Counsel
We're looking at "70 Things Every Man Needs to Know" from the last chapter of Pastoring Men, converted into scripts for "The Man in the Mirror Minute" radio program. If you missed any of the first nine, you can view them by clicking here.
Here are the next three....
Men, today let's think about the importance of church. Remember how the church meets the needs of our families: weddings, baptisms, communion, confirmations, funerals, fellowship dinners, and so much more. And what would America look like without the church? Where would be the great hospitals, schools, universities, coalitions for the homeless, rescue missions, or homes for unwed mothers? As someone said, "The church has many critics, but no rivals." We attend church because Jesus wants us to attend. If you want to flounder, stop going to church. I can guarantee you'll become lukewarm.
Men, today let's talk about contentment. The world would say, "Want to be happy? Seek a better job. Live in this neighborhood. Take this vacation. Drive this car. Send your children to this school. Accumulate this much money. Join this club." God says, "Want to be happy? Surrender your life to me. Obey me. Seek the truth. Live by faith. Give yourself away in service. Deny yourself." Often we cling to some selfish ambition at odds with leading a surrendered life. The great secret of contentment is learning to accept our lot in life as a gift from God.
Men, today let's talk about seeking counsel. Seeking counsel is one of the Bible's principle ways to find the will of God. Let's face it. As men, we don't ask for directions until we've run out of options. But two heads are better than one. Sometimes we need a hug, but sometimes we need a kick in the pants. Sometimes we're stumped and need some friendly advice. Other times we've got our hearts set on a course of action. That's when we need a gut check to make sure we're not following our own will instead of God's will. Mostly, you just want someone who will listen without giving an overly quick reply.
Yours for changed lives,
Patrick Morley, PhD
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