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Does this sound familiar?

“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and does not do it,

it is sin for them.”

James 4:17

The Fundamentals

Very early in the MD5 process we committed to memory the defining points of being a biblical man.

  • Reject passivity

  • Accept responsibility

  • Lead courageously

  • Invest eternally

The Foundation

Rejecting passivity is the foundation that must be established to progress to the other points.

All too often, it’s easier to just not engage and not do anything. I contend that most men don’t intentionally do bad things, they just don’t do anything. We tend to stand on the sideline of life and get very creative with stall tactics and procrastination techniques.

  • I’ll start my morning quiet time next week, and next week never comes.

  • I’ll make memory moments with my kids next week, and next week never comes.

  • I’ll check on an old friend, or take a friend to breakfast tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes.

  • I’ll start living within a budget and increasing my giving next week, but next week never comes.

  • I’ll eat healthier and restart my exercise routine tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes.


The list above was easy for me to create because I have been guilty of them all. It is so easy to put things off and procrastinate and the days quickly turn into years. Every man receiving this Flashback has a Life Plan to combat our natural tendencies of aimlessly drifting through life.

Get Intentional Again

When was the last time you reviewed your Life Plan, or made modifications? Take yourself back to the day that you presented your Life Plan to your cohort. You were full of intentionality on that day. It is time to reset and get motivated. The days turn into decades whether you are intentional or not.

Live Your Plan

My grandfather used to say, “most men go through life doing little more than recycling air…breathing in and breathing out.” That is not who we are as MD5 men. Life is but a vapor and we are only here for a short time. Take advantage of this day and reject passivity. You have a plan, now it’s time to go live it.

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” - Jim Rohn

Roger Smithson

MD5 Facilitator

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