Recently I was making decisions and changes based on a conversation with a colleague but didn’t feel comfortable. Discouraged by second-guessing myself all week, my mind was exhausted from contemplating my choice. Looking for an answer, I prayed for direction and confirmation.
Not long after, I received a welcome call from my brother-in-law. It had been some time since we last caught up. When we talk we discuss life, business and other topics of great interest to both of us. This day he asked how it was going.
I filled him in on my situation and my frustrations and concerns. I also mentioned how I wasn’t sure but felt I was close to a conclusion on my decision. As he gave his observations and advice, I realized it was an answered prayer.
That conversation gave me confirmation and encouragement with his words. After listening, I told him he was my Jethro. I said this because that day, his sage advice came at just the right time.
My story reminds me we all need a Jethro in our life. A Jethro is a man who can pour words of wisdom and encouragement when we need it most. We’re also to be a Jethro to someone else.
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Answer and Journal the Following
Read and meditate on Exodus 18:17-19 for yourself: 17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. 19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you.
Who is your Jethro? Be real, be honest, and be vulnerable.
Meditate / Make It Real:
Create a plan of action on how you will find and/or listen to your Jethro. Be specific. Bonus: Share this with another man and have them hold you accountable.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
To learn more about Carlos, visit https://carlosfpena.com