Be alert.

Solomon says, “A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls” (Proverbs 25:28 –

When we watch too much. Eat too much. Drink too much. Play too much. Dwell too much. We let down the guarding walls to our heart and mind, giving the Devil an opportunity to plant lies (1 Peter 5:8 –

“It’s not harming anyone.” To whisper half-truths. “They’ll like you more”. To deceive. “You’ll feel better”.

Self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:23 –
Ask the Holy Spirit to guard your heart and mind today.



Be mindful.

Solomon says, “Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds” (Proverbs 27:23 –

You probably don’t have flocks and herds in your back garden. Although, some of us do. However, you have been given other things to look after. Let me suggest a few.

Your body.
Your cell phone.
Your friends.
Your thoughts.
Your talents.
Your time.

How do you think it’s going with the things/people/relationships you have been given?
What do you think it means to ‘put your heart into caring’ for them?

It’s important to think about these questions from time to time.



Be good news.

Solomon says, “Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty” (Proverbs 25:25 –

You will say a lot of words today. Anywhere between 7-10 THOUSAND words according to some sources. That’s a lot of talking. Sure, some of your words are on repeat. Many of them won’t be found in the Oxford English Dictionary but that’s still a lot of words.

Make your words today about ‘good news’.

Words that encourage others. Words that bring out the best in someone. Words that build up the self-image of a friend. Words that take away the burden of another.



Be a gift.

Solomon says, “A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain” (Proverbs 25:14 –

Choosing to follow Jesus every day is like gift-wrapping yourself with a tag that reads:

To: My community (family, friends, and even those I don’t hang out with)
Message: I’m asking Jesus to daily fill me with sacrificial love and grace, and I pray it spills over into your life.
From: Me (insert your name)

Imagine you chose to follow Jesus and just stayed the same.