We live in a society that does a really good job at emasculating men. I mean just look at the TV shows that depict families. Usually the father is a bumbling idiot who is being led by his wife or can’t do anything right unless his wife sets him straight. Look at our public schools (I can go there…I teach in them), we have told kids that to be a good student you must sit in your desk, be really still and quiet, and be compliant without question. Now, I’m all for order and discipline, but this is like torture for boys, especially in elementary and middle school. The sad thing is, when the boys don’t act this way (bc it’s near impossible for them) we want to slap a label on them and give them medicine so they’ll conform. What is the message we’re teaching them? Walk in most churches and you’ll find a very similar situation. Men are expected to conform to the rules and expectations of the organization. If you stand up and question something or challenge those around you, you’ll probably be asked to temper your passion. I could go on and on, but you get the point.
The bottom line is that it can be extremely hard to be the man you were created to be in today’s world. God designed us to be strong, courageous, passionate, alive, and free, but is that how most men are living? For whatever reason, and there are many, men are living well below God’s intention for them. Whether it be that life is simply beating you down or that this world keeps giving you a warped definition of what it means to be a man, know that God is giving you permission to be a man. He created you with a masculine heart and fully expects you to live this out. This is not some macho image or rebellious spirit I’m referring to, but authentic masculinity that comes through for others when necessary, that stands up for what is right regardless of the consequences, that leads with strength and courage, and speaks up even when it’s not popular. So, be the man you were created to be…you have permission.
If this resonates with you, then I want to challenge you to be at our Freedom Weekend May 1-3. If we do nothing else, we give men permission to men. We do a lot of other stuff, but I will guarantee that you will leave the weekend better than you came, knowing how to better navigate your world as the man you’ve been called to be. Check it out and register at http://www.thejourneyministries.com.
TJM Leadership Team