Here are five suggestions for the Christian man for 2018:
Have a DAWG (Daily Appointment With God). We need time with God every day. Not having daily devotions yet? Here’s a 5-minute plan:
One minute. Invite God to speak to you in the next few minutes, unload your worries and cares on Him for the next few minutes.
Three minutes: Read a few verses of Scripture or a daily devotion, such as those in Equipping the Man in the Mirror.
One minute: Grab a piece of paper and jot down a few notes—a key verse you read, a thought the passage prompted, or things you want to pray about.
In a month, you might increase it 10 minutes. In six months you may increase it to 30 minutes. When you start spending time with God and His Word, it can become addicting.
Find a “real” group of men. Every man needs a few Christian men who will walk beside you, watch your back, look you in the eye and ask the tough questions. Embrace the difficulties of forming real, honest relationships with a few good men.
Pray for your family. Pray for your children and their spouses. Pray for your wife. Praying for your family is the first step toward spiritual leadership at home.
Pray with your wife. This might not be easy, but it is crucial. You might schedule a time daily to pray together, perhaps using a couples devotional book. Pray that God would protect her, pray for your kids, ask Him to help you love her better, and ask that she would feel God’s love today. If you a re not married pray that God will bring a Godly woman into your life.
Find a mission. Invest in something bigger than yourself. Maybe it’s going on a short-term mission trip, or volunteering at a local shelter or food pantry. Do something that takes the focus off yourself and helps you participate in the mission of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20).
Pray that God will work in your life this year to bring about His good and perfect purposes. He loves you! It’s going to be a great year!