Our ability to feel is one of the marks of our divine origin. We need not be ashamed of either tears or laughter. The Christian stoic who has crushed his feelings is only two-thirds of a man; an important third has been repudiated.
What God is after is a man yielded to him... that kind of heart makes for a good King. @johneldredge #FatheredByGod
Until a man learns to deal with the fact that life is hard, he will spend his days chasing the wrong thing, using all his energy trying to make life comfortable, soft, nice, and that is no way for any man to spend his life.
What does rest look like for the warrior heart of a man?
It’s probably not sleeping in while your wife watches the kids or frequent nights out with the guys; though everyone needs some of those from time to time.
Realistically, it's probably a few minutes alone after the kids go down, a moment of inner reflection or quiet morning before the family wakes.
We all need rest and we all do it differently. Seek solitude. But avoid sloth. A warrior is never far from his sword.
To all the midnight warriors, the superhero dads, up all through the night soothing sick little babies... carry on!
When your eyes are weary and your head aches... keep it up!
With every unseen load of laundry, every extra cup of coffee downed, and for every hour of sleep your efforts afford your tired wife... you are not alone!
You play an integral role in your family. Never forget that your strength is what they lean on when they are weak and scared. So be strong and lead on!
I hate being wrong. I mean, I'm the quintessential Type-A perfectionist. Don't believe me? As a kid, I used to fold my dirty laundry before laying it in the hamper.
I've come a long way since then, but when I'm wrong, it still sucks.
But I love being wrong. You know why? Because it's, by far, the best way to humble me and reveal my flaws -- and usually, it's right out in front of everyone else to see it.
The best part about being wrong is when I try to defend it; especially to my wife. Because when I do this, it makes my error so much more obvious and exposes my need for grace, growth and forgiveness.
There are no cliche answers or glib catch phrases to help in this department. It's cold, hard facts. And when my wrongness puts it's neck out there far enough to offend or hurt someone, it serves me right to receive a swift cuff on the head.
So, here's a note to self: you're going to be wrong. You're not going to like it. But if you're willing to surrender your own ego, fess up to the fault and seek forgiveness, you'll find that life puts you right back where you belong: humbly and thankfully in the sweet hands of grace.
Your obedience to the call of Christ and stewardship of the responsibilities entrusted to you is the barometer of your masculinity.
The "state of our union" address your wife would give and your child knowing that "dad knows my heart" is a testimony to your legacy, or lack thereof.
Apathy is an embarrassment and disengagement is a shame. Undying dedication to righteousness, health and obedience is to be praised.
You are not a victim of your reality. You are the captain of your ship. Take a stand and stand together, for there is hope and beauty to be revealed.
Work as unto the Lord. Live as if you had nothing to lose. Love as if everything was at stake. Because it is. Your presence matters.
The prayers of a righteous man are powerful and effective, so get on your knees and be humbled and encouraged by the King of all Kings.
Do not advocate the role that you have been given, but take hold of the promise of new and abundant life. Join the ranks of your fellow warriors.