"But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict."
1 Thessalonians 2:2 ESV
As excited as I am to enter 2024, I know that much was left undone and more is left to do. This can be overwhelming and cause complacency in men to even begin the journey. Christmas ‘23 was awesome, I cannot believe it’s over already and the New Year is here. I can’t help but to feel hope and excitement as if 2024 will be a breakthrough year but at the same time calloused by the pestilence of average thinking and doing. I know the enemy has much in store for me to fail, to entice my inner desires to be distracted, and move far away from the goals God has for my life and my family. I know the desires God has for my life far outweigh any troubles I should come to face on earth so why the hesitant demeanor?
I know that anything I’m reaching for is going to be a challenge and I would not want life handed to me but sometimes it would just be nice to not have to fight for a change. To change this type of mindset I have began to fight again for the things I desire and the things God has been violently stirring in my spirit. I’m in a year with men when I didn’t want to do another men’s group due to the fear that it was going to be lame and uneventful. I’m stepping out into adventure with my family this weekend to Carlsbad Caverns just to get away into nature albeit a struggle to get 2 dogs, 2 kids, and 2 adults situated for the trip. The real unholy issue that’s pressing is that all I need to do is show-up and not make excuses. This is the whole point of this DBO, to pray to God, know that it will be a challenge, and to accept the task at hand. Something that we do in our brotherhood at church is when we are done with what’s weighing us down we say, "With that, I’m all in"
Daily Battle Order:
Don’t excuse your excuses. Name them, pray them, and vanquish them. Journal them, call them out, and make a list of what you need to do to accomplish said tasks, goals, and be the man God wants for you to be. Their will be conflict and struggle. Oh well, enjoy it!