How do I Emerge from…

Utilizing ‘The 3 E’s’ Encourage, Equip, & Engage allow me to explain another word, ’emerge,’ and why I chose it for my title. The Emerging Man.

“How do I emerge from…”

What is it you wish to emerge from? Your childish ways? Your inability to garner respect from your wife? The poverty line? Your fearfulness of confrontation? Your traumatized past?

When you think of the word emerge what comes to your mind? When you think of being The Emerging Man what do you see? Really. Without veneer. Without pomp. What is your current position in life which you wish to emerge from?

Truly, truly, I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a seed; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” ~ NIV John 12:24

Let’s take a look at the word emerge for a moment.

emerge

Definition of emerge by Merriam-Webster

1: to become manifest; become known / new problems emerged 2: to rise from or as if from an enveloping fluid : come out into view a diver emerging from the water 3: to rise from an obscure or inferior position or condition someone must emerge as a leader 4: to come into being through evolution

I believe all 4 definitions have components that pertain to being The Emerging Man.

One… we become known, to ourselves. We recognize the fact something is missing in our manly character.

Two… we recognize the need ‘to rise.’ We may be currently unable to “rise to the occasion,” when a manly character is required, or maybe a manly action. We can see the need… but are unable to respond.

Three… we recognize our current condition, position, and enveloping battle smoke and cobwebs, that are affecting our mind. We recognize action is needed but are afraid to take it.

Four… not so much evolution, but growth. You may be done physically growing and are considered a man by form, but you recognize that you are not a man in mind, spirit, and emotion. One who is full-y grown inside, and out.

“I said nothing for a time, just ran my fingertips along the edge of the human-shaped emptiness that had been left inside me.” ~ Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

We are a grown man who may not be filled internally with those manly things that are mostly unseen. Such as a strong character, a firm will, a filled spirit, a sense of humor, and mental fortitude… those things that give our body, and life, fullness and propel us forward. Like the wind, in the sails of a sloop, as it uses that unseen force to cross Lake Superior.

To utilize the first of the 3 E’s, Encourage, let me ask you to take stock of yourself, and determine for yourself, what area you would like to start with… to start your self emergence into the potential filled man you are meant to be. My recommendation today would be to get a notebook and pen… write down where you feel the need is or the empty feeling is the worse and start to grow out of your current position by reading a book or two on the subject.

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