We are excited about the release of Field Thigpen’s first book, Walk Like A Man. It is a six-week devotional aimed at men and spiritual development. Scroll below to check out the front and back covers, the title pages and the table of contents, and read an excerpt of the first day’s devotional. The book is available to purchase in our online store!
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Finally, the following is an excerpt from the first day’s devotional.
Day 1: Seeking a New Satisfaction
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
More. We always want more. We want more success, more money, more sex, more fun, more rest, more work, more vacation, more respect. We pursue the things we desire, believing happiness will be found in them. We see those who have the things or the life we want and say, “It must be nice.”
It’s all a daydream. When reality hits, we find ourselves like a dog that finally caught the car it was chasing. When we finally get what we’ve pursued, we don’t know what to do with it and find that what we longed for all along still doesn’t satisfy us. King Solomon pursued wealth, women, education, success, and influence. Unlike most of us, he actually achieved it all. He was the picture of our fulfilled desires — except he wasn’t happy. He writes in Ecclesiastes 1:2, “Vanity of vanities. All is vanity.” Do not let this fact escape you: Solomon had everything you want and pursue, yet his conclusion was that it was still all meaningless. All that you desire brought him no happiness.
It will not bring you happiness either.
It is time for us to stop chasing cars. It is time for us to realize that the pursuits that fill our minds and time will not bring us the fulfillment we want. It’s all wishful thinking with no realistic payoff. The Rolling Stones voiced our frustration when they sang, “I can’t get no satisfaction. ‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try …”
Jesus has shown us the better way. He has shown us the path to blessedness, happiness, and satisfaction. The better way does not begin with a change of action, but a change of desire.
Men, our desires must be changed. We must hunger and thirst, not for the things of the world, but for righteousness. The desire for righteousness is not common or popular, but it is fulfilling. I hope you are among the men who are ready to stop chasing cars and start pursuing worthwhile, life-bettering, family-strengthening, personally-fulfilling, God-glorifying righteousness. If you are one of these rare men, welcome to the journey.
Lord, I admit I have selfish desires. I am easily tempted by the empty things I value. I want my desires to change but struggle to know how. Help me. I want to desire holiness and godliness, even if I do not yet know exactly how that looks or feels. I don’t know what to expect, but know I can not continue chasing cars. Help me to hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Copyright 2019 by Field Thigpen
Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB). Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. http://www.Lockman.org.