Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"
Dispatch (Assignment): What kind of legacy have your parents left for you? What kind of legacy will you leave for your children?
On the Street: For most law enforcement officers, police work is a love / hate relationship. You either love it or you hate it. Do you know families who have someone in the profession for generations? Both of my grandfathers were police officers as well as an uncle. I used to work with a guy who was a third generation cop. His hopes for his son were that he would follow in the family footsteps.
Then you have the guys who absolutely do not want their children to follow in their footsteps. I could come up with a laundry list of arguments for both sides.
As fathers and mothers, we have a responsibility to leave a positive legacy for our children to follow. The career path they choose is not nearly as important as the relationship they pursue with God. The things you learn from this book about being a better Christian police officer will also be beneficial at home. As a Christian law enforcement officer who seeks justice, loves mercy, and walks humbly with his God, you will be leaving your children a Christian heritage that will provide blessings and benefits all the days of their lives.
Proverbs 5:1 (NIV), "My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight,"
Proverbs 5:15-20 (HCSB), "Drink water from your own cistern, water flowing from your own well. Should your springs flow in the streets, streams of water in the public squares? They should be for you alone and not for you to share with strangers. Let your fountain be blessed, and take pleasure in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful fawn?let her breasts always satisfy you; be lost in her love forever. Why, my son, would you be infatuated with a forbidden woman or embrace the breast of a stranger?"
Proverbs 6:20 (NIV), "My son, keep your father's command and do not forsake your mother's teaching."
Proverbs 11:29 (NIV), "Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise."
Proverbs 19:26 (HCSB), "The one who assaults his father and evicts his mother is a disgraceful and shameful son."
Proverbs 20:7 (NIV), "The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them."
Proverbs 20:20 (HCSB), "Whoever curses his father or mother?his lamp will go out in deep darkness."
Proverbs 22:6 (NIV), "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."
Proverbs 22:15 (NIV), "Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away."
Proverbs 23:13-16 (HCSB), "Don't withhold discipline from a youth; if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. Strike him with a rod, and you will rescue his life from Sheol. My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will indeed rejoice. My innermost being will cheer when your lips say what is right."
Proverbs 23:22-28 (HCSB), "Listen to your father who gave you life, and don't despise your mother when she is old. Buy?and do not sell?truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding. The father of a righteous son will rejoice greatly, and one who fathers a wise son will delight in him. Let your father and mother have joy, and let her who gave birth to you rejoice. My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways. For a prostitute is a deep pit, and a stranger is a narrow well; indeed, she sets an ambush like a robber and increases those among men who are unfaithful."
Proverbs 27:11 (NIV), "Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt."
Proverbs 28:7 (NIV), "A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father."
Proverbs 28:24 (NIV), "Whoever robs their father or mother and says, "It's not wrong," is partner to one who destroys."
Proverbs 29:3 (NIV), "A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth."
Proverbs 29:15 (NIV), "A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother."
Proverbs 29:17 (NIV), "Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire."
Proverbs 30:17 (NIV), "The eye that mocks a father, that scorns an aged mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures."
Investigational Resources: Deuteronomy 31:12-13
Officer Safety: Like it or not, you are the spiritual head of your household. You have a huge responsibility to teach your spouse and your children in the ways of the Lord.
from The Book of Proverbs Through the Eyes of a Cop
©2013 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.
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