Yesterday’s takeaway was about the dangers of pride, titled “The bride wore black“! I found a devotional that was a bit longer and that sounded powerful as a message so that it could help us learn and become the dads God created and purposed for us to be. So I chose “Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model” because, over 21 days, we will get to read and learn about how to be a positive Christian role model for our family! Over 21 days, we will get to learn about topics like: “self-discipline, love, patience, and much more
! This devotional will not only help us be the dads but it will also help us “in our day-to-day life to show our children what it truly means to be a role model and follower of Christ in every sense“.
Today’s Scripture Reading:
‘In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”’Luke 10:30-37
God knows what we are going through and the help we need! God doesn’t want us to worry but rather that we cast our care upon Him! God’s Word meets us right where we are at and speaks right into our very situation! Let’s be the dads who pause to hear from God and His Word!
Let’s be the dads who help those in need no matter where they are from and what they look like! Let’s be the dads who won’t ignore and walk by someone in need by crossing the street in order to avoid them! Let’s be the dads who won’t cross the street because we think we are too busy or too important to help! Let’s be the dads who see someone in need and help! Let’s be the dads who see someone in trouble and help! Let’s be the dads who see someone in trouble and have compassion for them and go to them to help! Let’s be the dads who see someone needing help and help! Let’s be the dads who will be called good because of our actions like the Samaritan who we read about who is described as the Good Samaritan! Let’s be the dads who are good neighbors so that we live loving our neighbors as ourselves!
Today’s devotional has been provided by Zondervan!
Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me:
(check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)
For more information, please visit Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model | Devotional Reading Plan | YouVersion Bible for more details.
Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
- Let’s be the dads who look beyond the visible to what is the source!
- Let’s be the dads who look to solve the problem rather than the symptoms!
- Let’s be the dads who don’t lose focus on our family when we have an idea!
- Let’s be the dads who keep first things first so that we live our lives with God at the top then our wives then our kids and then everything else!
- Let’s be the dads who are humble servants!
- Let’s be the dads who live selfless rather than selfishly!
- Let’s be the dads who know their purpose and calling to be the dad in our families for our wives, our kids, and our world’s sake!
- Let’s be the dads who live our lives like the Good Samaritan who has a focus on the needs of others – first our wives, second our kids, and finally everyone else!
- Let’s be the dads who aren’t so fixated on the goals that we miss out on the work or steps God would want us to do!
- Let’s be the dads who practice our goals without leaving the taking care of people behind or ignored.
- Today’s devotional speaks about today’s scripture as follows:
- “This is exactly the message of the Good Samaritan. The Levite and the priest were each fixated on their goal. They were focused on what they had to do: taking care of the temple and leading the people in worship. Two extremely worthwhile assignments, wouldn’t you agree? So when they saw the injured man on the roadside, they didn’t really see him. They saw themselves and their own tasks first, and since these jobs were so important, their eyes looked past the person in need.“
- Let’s be the dads who focus on both God’s calling and those in need that He brings across our paths! Especially our family members!
- Let’s be the dads who are focused on our goals and not neglecting our top priorities of focusing on our wives and kids!
- Let’s be the dads who grab hold of what Jesus was telling His disciples so that we can live up to His higher calling as today’s devotional puts it:
- “The priest and the Levite had extremely important jobs. God was a full-time job for both of them. But Jesus was telling his disciples — and this includes you and me — that even God-jobs are no excuse for missing those who are lying at our feet . . . our first priorities . . . those who need us even more than the Samaritan needed help from these two. Wow, what a lesson.“