Men! Oh where have you gone? We have been washed aside in a sea of feminism. If we stand up we are told being a man is a bad thing, violent and overbearing. Yet this country is missing its men that can stand on character and integrity.
So that being said. What is it that really makes a man noble and of good character?
We can paint a pretty face on it and call it what you like, but until a man knows Jesus and has a serious personal relationship with Him, he will always be searching in the wrong places to figure out how. Its like putting together one of those monstrosity of a desk from Ikea with no instructions. You can probably get it done but its quality will suffer greatly.
So where do you start? What should you be doing or how do you build on your own manhood to raise to a higher calling?
First, I think, you have to humble yourself to God and pray. We can try to be all and do all that it takes but until we have that humbled spirit. We will usually give into other temptations like pride, ego or greed (just a few). So where is a man to start?
Lets talk about integrity. By definition integrity means; the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. The thing I always think about when I hear the word integrity, is this. Its the quality of character when no one is watching. When you have nothing to gain from doing good or holding to your moral character. How many times have you had this tested? You see a piece of trash and in your mind you think, I could pick that up, but you might walk on past because it would have been a bother. Or did you stop and pick it up to put in the trash.
A personal story for me was my older brother Steve. On a float trip when he was just 16 and I was 12. He finds a wallet caught on some weeds. He floats over and picks it up and it has $800 in it. Sadly he had so many people tell him later. “ Wow I would have grabbed that money and let the rest of the wallet fall in the water.” But he saved it and had my grandparents contact the police to find the man. His money and wallet was returned and he gave my brother $50 reward I think it was. That is quality of character when no one is watching.
That is the kind of nobility we need in men today. We have all failed at it one time or another, but when your looking to be a role model for your kids it makes you see things a little differently. So the question is what do you want our young men today to take with them into manhood? Do you have a thought about your nobility of character? How honest are you with yourself not just in front of others?
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity, than he who is crooked through he be rich. Proverbs 28:6
As men we are never perfect and we have all failed some time or another. Don’t let that stop you . Use it as a lesson for your kids. Use those personal failings to guide and lead them from a voice of experience. Don’t let the devil plant the seed that if you have failed at this in the past, that you can’t make a change and be a new man. First ask God for guidance and then do the hard part, forgive yourself. Make sure you are sowing good seeds because of this change. Use life’s lessons God puts in front o us each day to stop and teach your young men. Don’t let those God given opportunities pass you by.
This is the place you start. Being honest with yourself, the good and the bad. Just don’t be afraid to start, this is too important in the raising of our young men. I know, I know your thinking, wow this is hard and I have missed so many things and given so many bad examples with my life…. Balderdash…. thats the devil talking. Make the changes you need to make, be brave and pray for guidance about how to go about it. or ask someone you look up too, there is no excuse to just dismiss it and go on. Someone will raise your young man and you don’t want it to be todays society. Don’t be afraid to talk to them, give them your years of wisdom and experience. Don’t be afraid of them. They need you big time.
I’ll write someone else on the next part when it comes to me.