Be Vigilant

Roosters? Of course! I have quite a large collection of roosters and eagles (thoughts on those soon). I have big ones, small ones, wooden ones, metal ones, clocks, door stoppers, light switches, – you get it, a “collection”, or as my wife calls it, an “obsession” I have to keep cooped in the garage 🐓🚫🏠.

Roosters have always fascinated me. Believe it or not, there are so much we can learn from them. They are Vigilant, always looking out for anything that poses a threat to the flock. They are protectors, willing and ready to fight to the death against ANY intruder of ANY size. They are providers, making sure that every hen has enough to eat and is healthy. Finally, they are peacemakers – making sure there is fairness and justice among the flock. This first post will focus on the rooster being VIGILANT.

While the flock eats, he stoically takes a stance of alertness, usually from a vantage point where he can see the entire flock and the perimeter of his home. The rooster is always on the lookout for danger or anything that might pose a threat to the flock. When HE eats, you will notice that he doesn’t just peck on the ground like hens, he usually will tilt his head, keeping one eye up the sky looking for threats from above and constantly moving to scan the perimeter. As Godly men, we also need to be vigilant, being alert, taking a vantage point to see the perimeter of our home – but the majority of us will never face an intruder in our home, or fight someone who is threatening our family. ALL of us; however, will face something far worse . . .

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

The real threat we need to be vigilant against is not the physical, but the spiritual. YES, protect your family from intruders and defend your family’s honor, but more importantly, protect your family’s heart. Be alert to your loved one’s discouragement, loneliness, depression, and anxiety and fight against it with encouragement, time together, unconditional love, and kindness. Be alert to your loved one’s choices, heartaches, insecurities, and waywardness and fight against it with Godly instruction, prayer, being part of a church family, and being the greatest example a man could ever be – a man after God’s own heart. A man who loves God, trusts God and lives his life in His grace and protection.

Gregory J. Gillam

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