My Daily Devotional

Drink Upstream From The Herd
Dedicated To My Grandfather: John Jeff Brock

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”
1st Timothy 4:12

As I was growing up my grandfather and I loved to hunt, and we spent much of our days in the mountains. I probably spent more time with him, other than my wife, and will never forget his many sayings that now mean so much to me, and were great lessons that I share often. There were many mountain springs through the hills, where we would always find water to drink, and also most of the farmers let their cows roam the mountains. One of my grandfather’s sayings was “to always drink upstream from the herd.” When I think back on this time in my life, I can see much wisdom in this simple statement. Throughout our lives we are all influenced by the people around us. We all meet, work with, and have contact with people, who have good morals good family values and follow God. We also encounter people, who have very little, or no morals bad family values that follow Satan. When we encounter either group of these people, we have a choice to make, whether to gravitate to people who have their lives centered on God, or to people who are worldly, with their lives centered on Satan. Whatever group we choose to follow, this group will certainly influence our lives, and we will gravitate to their level. We can choose higher values as our way of life, or we can choose to lower ourselves to worldly values and their standards. My grandfather also had another saying “when you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty”. There is nothing that will influence a young person more than to get into the wrong crowd, as their influence will so easily lead them astray. I would like for you to consider whether you are with the wrong crowd in your life, or whether you are “drinking upstream from the herd.” God can give you all you need to withstand the temptations of life.

Pastor Robert William Brock My Daily Devotional Volume Eight
August 17


About robertwbrock

Robert William Brock, Jr. I was born in Pineville, Kentucky, the son of Robert William Brock and Irene Napier, I grew up in the beautiful southeastern part of Kentucky. I attended Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky graduating with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Early in my career I became interested in Health Care Administration and spent the rest of my career in Hospital Administration, where I retired after 45 years. After retiring from health care I have devoted the past ten years to a ministry, having founded and directed the Nehemiah Network, which provides assistance to the needy people in our area, by bringing together the numerous community organizations, churches and businesses to work collectively to meet the community needs. The Nehemiah Network concept has now spread throughout the nation and over 10,000 programs have been developed, in almost all the states, adopting the framework of the Network. I am a published author of 17 Christian books, and have spent over thirty years tracing my ancestors and writing a book about my Kentucky Heritage. My books are listed below: “Our Kentucky Heritage” “My Daily Devotional” "My Daily Devotional Volume II" "My Daily Devotional Volume III" "My Daily Devotional Volume IV" "My Daily Devotional Volume Six" "My Daily Devotional Volume Seven" "God’s Plan for the Family” " God’s Plan for a Father” "God's Plan for a Joy Filled Life" "The Silent Church" "God's Plan For Financial Freedom" "Living Without Sin" "My Kentucky Heritage" "Brock Family Cookbook" All of my books can be ordered at by typing in my name Robert William Brock, Jr. As part of my ministry I write a free daily devotional which is distributed on a daily basis to over 2 million people daily via e-mail. I live with my wife Margaret of 45 years in East Liverpool, where we have resided for over 33 years. We have three children and six grandchildren.
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