Men need encouragement.

Judges 6: 11-16. (MSG)

One day the angel of God came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abriezrite, whose son Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress, out of sight of the Midianites. The angel of God appeared to him and said, “God is with you, O mighty warrior!”

Gideon replied, “With me, my master? If God is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all the miracle-wonders our parents and grandparents told us about, telling us, ‘Didn’t God deliver us from Egypt?’ The fact is, God has nothing to do with us – he has turned us over to Midian.”

But God faced him directly: “Go in this strength that is yours. Save Israel from Midian. Haven’t I sent you?”

Gideon said to him, “Me, my master?” How and with what could I ever save Israel? Look at me. My clan’s the weakest in Manasseh and I’m the runt of the litter.”

God said to him, “I’ll be with you. Believe me, you’ll defeat Midian as one man.”


My father was a diplomat for a while and that led my siblings and I being educated in different countries. Between us we have been to schools in Sierra Leone, Yugoslavia and England. As a basic standard we spoke English most of the time. But I do remember my father decided one day to speak to us in Fante: our local Ghanaian language. This he did often at first and then consistently.

So I tend to translate in my mind from Fante to English.

This can be very amusing in some instances. However, today on a serious note lets talk about habits.

When necessary, my father would warn me in Fante, that my behavior would stick to me or be stuck with me.

It’s not just the person who gets hooked, the habit also hooks itself on you.

Here’s an abstract thought: the habit refuses or is unable to quit.