Defining Moments can still have Hazy Edges

The journey of any Emerging Man may have a detailed image of manhood as a destination point. If you are into body building you may look to Arnold or Ron Coleman… if your outdoorsy maybe Teddy Roosevelt is your guy… if football is your jam you can’t go wrong with Brett or John Elway… if business is your goal maybe you look at Mr. Warren Buffet… music maybe Tim McGraw… the list of seemingly manly men in any endeavor can be made, but once you get past the main guy or two the edges get hazy and you are unable to determine what your true manly identity could be.

Today’s thought for me is that a man needs to be faithful…

Faithful to his…

  1. God
  2. word
  3. wife
  4. kids
  5. family
  6. friends
  7. work

Trouble is we can’t get that from looking at a poster on our wall.

Here is a list of men I’ve come to know along my personal journey. They all at some point display being faithful… in a moment of quietness… in the face of some difficult circumstances.

  1. Jesus when he is with Pilate.
  2. The Tea Master with the Samurai
  3. Mr. Miyagi
  4. John Wayne in The Quiet Man
  5. Sempronius Densus
  6. Marcus Aureilius, Meditations
  7. William H. Danforth, book: I Dare You
  8. Teddy Roosevelt
  9. Benaiah
  10. Sun Tzu

I am faithful on the outside but not always on the inside. It vexes me. I do not do what I want to do, in the words of the Apostle Paul, the battles of the mind persist. I am becoming more aware of the enemies attack plan. I still fall victim to my worse enemy… and he is me.

The thing I appreciate about being an Emerging Man is the fact that my eye’s have been opened to both the facts of… 1. I wasn’t as much a man as I thought I was, and 2. I have every opportunity to improve myself along that line.

Don’t forget the first person to Encourage, Equip, & Engage with is…yourself.

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