Monday, October 29, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
My fellow men, may I be perfectly frank? It's time to man up and grow up! There is a pandemic in this country of males with adult bodies afflicted with children's minds and spirits. We have too many men who are suffering from the negative effects of a long-extended adolescence. Indeed, not only are they suffering, but these negative effects are being passed on to their families and causing their wives and children to suffer! This should not be! We have been called to something greater! In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul tells us, "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me." This is our mark, men! This is God's calling for us!
I'm starting down the road of calling out the man in my son, but you know, I could only do so after putting my own childish ways behind me. How could I ever lead him to manhood before I embraced it for and in myself? It would have been the blind leading the blind! Such a foolish endeavor would undoubtedly end only in damaging him, me, and our relationship.
To my shame, I failed to embrace Godly manhood for far, far too long. I desperately held on to my childish ways and my childish things well beyond the point I should have let them go. From choices of entertainment to attitude and behaviors, I was mired down, living for myself, and refusing to grow. Thankfully, the Lord showed me there was a better way and a better purpose for my life. It wasn't an easy path, though. I resisted. I planted my feet firmly and dug in... hard. I growled and yelled and gnashed my teeth. I lashed out. I hurt those whom I loved most. I hurt myself. I hurt God. I paid the price. God taught me some harsh lessons because of my continued rebellion and I very nearly lost everything that was priceless to me. Thankfully, though, through His limitless love, grace, and mercy, I found forgiveness, healing, restoration, recommitment, and a new purpose. My journey's not done, though. I have a ways to go yet as I continue to search myself inside and out and keep finding little "hangers-on" that need to be dealt with. The old adage "Be patient -- God's not done with me yet" holds true, but I find that it not only applies to others being patient with me, but also to me being patient with God as He works in my life, bringing me to where He wants me to be.
Now, don't let it be thought that I'm saying men need to be humorless, joyless fuddy-duddies who can't ever have fun. I'm absolutely not saying that. We can still do things like play games and have fun. We just need to make sure that those things do not come to dominate our lives and that we never lose our focus on what's truly important.
Men, please don't blow this off today and wake up tomorrow only to suddenly find to your great regret that years have passed and you've wasted all that time. The time to make the decision is NOW! This is something we need. It's something that our wives and children desperately desire. It's what God demands.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Profoundly mature thinking from a young man regarding the fair sex
"It arouses the male in me, but it doesn't attract the man in me."
From the 18:36 mark here.
This statement blew me away. I was simply floored by how profound, how wise, how mature, and how spiritually pure it was. I was also amazed at how relevant it was for me in light of the road I'm going to be going down with Jon starting this weekend. That statement is exactly -- EXACTLY!!! -- what I want to instill in his heart of hearts over the next few years!
Moving past VeggieTales
"Our son may enjoy some VeggieTales for fun. But it is my responsibility that he gets some MilkyTales when he's young and MeatyTales as he matures."
To anyone who wants to use the "Jesus didn't say anything about gay marriage" argument... He also didn't say anything about rape, suicide or pedophilia. So I guess by this logic those things are ok too right? He DID however give the blueprint for marriage in Matthew 19:4-6. So while He didn't mention it, He did state that marriage is one man and one woman. Interesting how that part always gets left out of this fallacious argument."Blueprint" is a good word to use. Think of a construction blueprint. Does anywhere on the blueprint say "Do not build this way?" Of course not, but if you don't follow what the architect drew up on the blueprint, you're going to be in some serious trouble. You won't be able to weasel out of it by arguing that the architect didn't say/write anything about constructing the building how YOU saw fit.
God's ONLY standard for marriage
2000 years ago, marriage was already in trouble. Adultery, abuse, divorce... A man could justify divorcing his wife over something as trite as one bad meal! (Not really that much different from today, was it?) But when Jesus came and started teaching, what did he say about marriage? Did he look at what a mess traditional marriage had become and say, "Well, you guys have made such a mess of marriage as it is and, well, God is love, and love is love is love, so there's no real reason for me to defend and limit marriage to one man and one woman, so just do whatever you think is right."? Of course not! Jesus still upheld God's standard -- God's ONLY standard -- for marriage despite the times and the failings of humans -- even the failings of those who followed him. He expects us to uphold the same standard despite our times and our failings. This is because we're not called by God to judge the applicability of His Word according to the circumstances of the world we currently live in. The applicability of God's Word is not dictated by the world. It stands apart from the world.
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