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Becoming the Man God Wants You to Be
by Michelle Burkhardt
01/26/06
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5 Devotionals

Theme: Becoming the Man God wants you to be.

Target: Teenage Boys.

1. Work Hard: 2 Thessalonians 3:10. “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”

2. Prepare: Proverbs 24:27. “Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.”

3. Honorable: Proverbs 22:1. “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”

4. Trustworthy: Deuteronomy 23:23. “Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you make your vow freely to the Lord your God with your own mouth.”

5. Respect your Mom: Proverbs 23:25. “May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice.”

WORK HARD
“If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
(2 Thessalonians 3:10)

You pass by a fruit stand and spot an incredibly large, deep red strawberry. As you slowly reach out; your mind thinks, “Wow! That looks tasty.” Slap! “No money, no strawberry!” the little, old lady with a broom yells. God wants you to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Key word: Labor! You will have to work hard by not expecting life to be handed to you on a silver platter. Nothing worthwhile is free. Remember, to work hard so that when you reach for that juicy strawberry with one hand the other hand will hold your money.


PREPARE
“Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready;
after that, build you house.”
(Proverbs 24:27)

Time is an interesting concept. You may have heard people say, “Live for today for tomorrow will take care of itself.” What if there isn’t a tomorrow? Good question! Answer: There might not be a tomorrow. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t think about it or prepare for one. Our Lord gave us time and the great gifts that come with each moment we spend on this Earth. Being a man is preparing and providing for your future and the future of your family. Live-Today; Think-Tomorrow!

HONORABLE
“A good name is more desirable than great
riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”
(Proverbs 22:1.)

Michael and Tom were driving to the coaches’ soccer meeting that was going to cover new rules for the association. Michael asked Tom, “Do you know Brian Smith, the new head of the organization?” “Yes,” answered Tom, “He and I graduated high school together.” Tom continued, “Brian is a good guy and he enjoys working with children, I know he will make a fantastic leader.”
Let all those who utter your name have only edifying words to describe you. Have your name carry more weight than wealth!

TRUSTWORTHY
“Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do,
because you make your vow freely to the Lord your
God with your own mouth.”
(Deuteronomy 23:23)

“I Swear.” These words can be heard in a court of law, on a famous song, and even during the Presidential Inauguration. Unfortunately, these words are not as trusted today because so many people try to go back on their word. If there is only one thing you learn in this life; let it be, when you say it, DO IT! For example, when you give that oath to love, honor and cherish your bride to death do you part, make your word stronger than the gold on her finger.

RESPECT YOUR MOM
“May your father and mother be glad; may she
who gave you birth rejoice
(Proverbs 23:25)

Arethra Franklin, a famous diva, is a hero to many women because of her hit single,
“R E S P E C T!” This is a quality that every young girl desires from her companion. Respecting women starts with respecting your mother. Ask any girl what one quality her grandmother advised her to look for in a future husband?
“Watch how he acts around his mother. A man that is loving and respectful towards his mom will make a wonderful spouse.”
Growing into the man that God wants you to be begins at home by helping the first lady in your life to rejoice.


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Tony Rowsey 26 Jan 2006
This is a great lesson to pass along to all men not just teenager. Very well written, and a very powerful message. God bless.
Don Beers 26 Jan 2006
First I saw the title of the article and then I saw that it had been written by a woman and that piqued my curiousity. Like, what is her angle here? is she mad at the man in her life and hoping he reads this?...then, I read that you have FOUR boys and it all made sense. Well written. Clean, precise and it flowed well. I used to be a single dad with 3 girls, should I write one too?....heehee




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