Man Up

by Jan 15, 2016Devotional1 comment

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.

      Someone said, “It takes a man to make a man.” 

      We live in a nation void of real fatherhood. Fathers are often seen as redundant, useless, and yet, there has never been a time when fathers are needed in strength. Is it because men have not taken the responsibility of becoming a man? What does that even look like? 1 Cor. 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 
      If TV were to be believed, every father image portrayed is a pathetic buffoon with the spine of a noodle or a narcissistic loser at the mercy of a super mom and other women who have it all together. The scripts written for these mentally indigent males pretending to be men and fathers are written to make them look like one of the idiot children that poor old mom has to tolerate throughout her long and arduous life. Everyone laughs along with the prompting of the electronic laughing-track trying to make the whole scene seem humorist and normal. 
      The sad truth of the matter is this mentally dulling entertainment is creating a normal view of who men are becoming in our time. Please forgive me for expressing such a dark portrait of our national family. I am just wrestling with the feelings that we have all become cast-members in a national sit-com of idiots where the lines of honest definition are so blurred, the pages in our life’s handbook look like abstract art.

      I am not perfect, as my family and friends who know me well will confirm this fact. However, I have tried to take my place in life to be as good of a father as possible for my family, church, and community. Like so many young people today, I did not have a father to teach me the rights and wrongs of life. However, I have been fortunate to have had men in my life who helped me become the man that I am today. These men who sharpened my understanding of righteousness and helped create a strong and forthright character within my soul were not themselves perfect men. 
      What they had was that extraordinary trait of strength in their lives that comes from manning up in life. Prov. 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another. Oh, that all young men today would have the same blessing in life I was favored with. That someone with righteous understanding would come their way to help them believe in the love their heavenly Father has for them. Heb. 12:9 Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? 

      When we have someone in our lives who believe in us we are able to soar into uncharted waters without the fear of failure. There is strength in having a father image in our life who encourages us to achieve and become better people. Col. 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 
      To hear grandparents tell it, their grandchildren are perfect and vice-versa the grandchildren think great things because they often feel they are backed up by their grandfather. Prov. 17:6 Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. 
      We all need real father images to influence us throughout life. We have had enough of the negative images of the insolent hockey dad type who embarrass their children in public without real cause. We need real men of integrity and honesty. We need men in this nation who will man up and say, “Here I am Lord, use me.” 
       God, our heavenly Father, wants a relationship with each and every one of us. 2 Cor. 6:17 Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” 18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” A lot of people have a hard time trusting in the Father’s love because of the events and experiences they had with their own fathers. God is not an abusive father who lashes out in cowardly behavior toward his children because of spilled milk. 
      God loved us before we spilled the milk, so to speak, and still loves us afterward while cleaning up the mess. Rom. 5:8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 
      The Lord Jesus manned up when he was crucified for us to give us everlasting life and a relationship with God the Father. Surely we can man up and accept His love and gift so that we can pass it on to our next generation. Jer. 31:3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Thank you so much for your kindness toward us Father God. You are a good God.

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  1. Anonymous

    Great blog read it today- man up❤️Di


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