“How can we get the most out of what we’ve been given? We wanted to make the best of it.”
We continue our series on The Noble Man Makes Noble Plans with three men in different life stages. Each offers insights on how to redeem the losses of 2020 and finish strong with a focus on launching the new year well. My bet is you’ll relate to at least one of these guys.
There’s Zach, who is finishing up college at Virginia Tech, launching a new career in the United States Navy as a flight officer, and getting ready for marriage all at the same time.
A little further down life’s road is Chris, who’s been married for nine years and has five kids with one on the way. He is serving as a police officer during one of the most tumultuous times our nation has faced in modern years and shares how he’s seen God through his experience.
We also gain wisdom from Mike Montgomery who served for twenty-three years in the United States Air Force and is now on staff with Cru at Virginia Tech. Married for 50 years, he helps mentor guys like Zach and launch the next generation of leaders across the globe.
Leaders are readers, and every man has a responsibility to lead. First, lead yourself well. Begin with the Word, and check out the resources these guys recommend.
A Simple Way to Pray by Archie Parrish
The Prayer of the Lord by R.C. Sproul
Finally Free by Heath Lambert
A Bible Reading Strategy for the New Year by Chuck Lawless
Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Not Safe, But Good The Men We Desperately Need Today by Greg Morse of desiringGod.org
1 Peter 5:10
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits[a] of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.
“You can crisis-proof and pandemic-proof the church by investing strategically in men, helping men to connect with God’s Word so they can lead their families well and connect with other men who can sharpen and shape each other.”
If you are not connected with some other men in a regular meeting time . . . that might need to be a critical resolution for you in 2020.