Focus on the Fundamentals – Day 3


An attempt to pick up a suit for my son and his desire not to waste so much money on a one-time activity. A date night with my wife with a great atmosphere and Italian food. Prioritizing and making time to be the dad God needs me to be is fundamental to me being and becoming the dad God created and purposed for me to be!

Day 3 of 10 in our devotional today and I am excited to read and grasp the next step in our adventure.

Scripture from Today’s Devotional:

‘ THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. [Ps. 110:1.] Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.’

Hebrews 12:1-3

‘ Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours. Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither. Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one beating the air and striking without an adversary. But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit].’

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

‘ But as for you, O man of God, flee from all these things; aim at and pursue righteousness (right standing with God and true goodness), godliness (which is the loving fear of God and being Christlike), faith, love, steadfastness (patience), and gentleness of heart. Fight the good fight of the faith; lay hold of the eternal life to which you were summoned and [for which] you confessed the good confession [of faith] before many witnesses.’

1 Timothy 6:11-12

Ever wondered what God has to say to you today? Ever turned to the scripture from your daily devotional and were in awe and in wonder that God had scheduled the right verse on the right day in a devotional you thought you had randomly selected? God’s Word is active and alive! God’s Word never returns void!

Let’s be the dads who share what God is and has done in and through our lives with our family, friends, and world so that they can be encouraged and God can be glorified! Let’s be the dads who cast off anything that slows us down and is keeping us from being who God created us to be and becoming who God wants us to be! Let’s be the dads who cast off anything that slows us down and especially anything that tries to trip us up into sin! Let’s be the dads who run with endurance the race God has set before us! Let’s be the dads who keep our focus on the finish, on Jesus! Let’s be the dads who keep our focus on Jesus who is the champion who initiates and perfects our faith! Let’s be the dads who like Jesus who endured the pain and suffering of the cross withstand and endure the trials and troubles that come our way because we know like Jesus did we will find eternity in heaven with Him! Let’s be the dads who keep our eyes on Jesus and remember all He went through for our sake so that we don’t become weary and give up!

Let’s be the dads who realize that life is an endurance race that we are running! Let’s be the dads who choose to run this race to win! Let’s be the dads who are disciplined in our training in the faith! Let’s be the dads who pursue victory because it comes with the prize of eternity with God! Let’s be the dads who run this race with purpose in every step and every stride! Let’s be the dads who spend time in God’s Word, training ourselves so that we know right from wrong, good from evil, and train ourselves to do what is right and good! Let’s be the dads who run the race in a way we ensure we won’t be disqualified! Let’s be the dads who run from and keep from the evil things of this world! Let’s be the dads who “pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness“! Let’s be the dads who fight the good fight for the true faith! Let’s be the dads who “hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses“!

Today’s devotional has been provided to us by Discerning Dad!

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)

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Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:

“Finish Well”

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