I was reading back through the book “Finish Strong” this week and it reminded me why Steve Farrar is my most favorite “men’s” author. Girls, if your husband doesn’t have any of Steve’s books, go buy him one today!
In one of the chapters of “Finish Strong,” Steve writes about a dog that walks into a saloon: “A dog walked into a Dodge City saloon and ordered a root beer. The barkeep snickered, “We don’t serve dogs or root beer in this saloon.” The dog said, “I’ve got the money and my money is as good as any man’s. Give me a root beer!” The bartender was tired of talking so he reached under the bar, pulled out a gun , and shot the dog in the foot. “Now get out of here and don’t ever come back.”
A week later, the dog came back, this time wearing his gun belt that holstered two guns. Not seeing the man who shot him behind the bar, he walked up to the new bartender, looked him squarely in the eye, and said very slowly and very deliberately, “I’m lookin’ for the man who shot my paw.”
There are many things that ambush men in life today that keep them from from finishing strong as a husband, a father and a Christian man. Here are 3 areas where men are often ambushed…
- The Ambush of another woman. Did you know in a recent study of 250 Christian men who had been unfaithful to their wife and families over the past 24 months, they found these results. 1) None were involved in any kind of personal accountability group. 2) Each had ceased to invest in daily personal time of prayer, bible reading and worship. 3) Eighty percent of them because sexually involved with another woman as a result of counseling or giving advice to the woman. In other words they were spending a significant portion of their schedules with women other than their wives. 4) Without exception, each of the 250 men had been convinced that moral failure, “will never happen to me.”
- The Ambush of money. Remember Annais and Sapphira from Acts 5:1-6? Neither finished strong due to an ambush of money. The wanted to look good rather than do good, and they were willing to lie about it. How are you doing with the ambush of money? Are you shooting straight with people when it comes to money? It doesn’t matter what you stand to make or save, if it’s dishonest it isn’t worth it.
- The Ambush of a neglected family. Nothing in life is worth losing your family. No ministry. No job. No promotion. After God, your wife and children should be your number one priority.
Many children don’t have dads. Why? Someone “shot their Pa.” It may have been the ambush of another woman, money or a neglected family or another ambush. Men, don’t be ambushed. Finish strong.