The Way of a Man (a note written to my cousin)

A man accepts his lot in life and strives towards bettering who he is in such a way as to give God the glory through honing his skills, talents, body, mind and spirit given to him by God.  It is only through testing and trials and challenges that this can be accomplished.  Such a man does not expect luxury, comfort or convenience to be owed to him– the way of a man is not easy and lacks all of these things.  A man embraces hardship then, as a way of life and improvement of self.  He is disciplined and self-controlled in all things.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverence.” James 1:2-3

..and echoed again in Scripture..

“Therefore, since Christ suffered in this body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.” 1 Peter 4:1

In everything the way of a man is to beat his body into submission.  Men are geared physically in so many ways and our enemy knows it.  When we throw out the air conditioning, the soft pillows, the sleeping in, and make ourselves PT in the mornings, climb the highest peak, look the other way when an indecent woman walks by– when we do these things we are beating our body into submission and arming ourselves to do battle in America.  The only way to find strength in doing this is by reading and studying Scripture.  When I say study, I mean don’t just read a chapter here and there.  Read the entire book when you sit down, for example, read the entire book of James- not just a chapter.  Read the enture book of 1 Peter.  Sometimes it is good to catch a chapter here and there throughout the day, but really read the entire book and see what the author is saying.  Make time for it and feed the fire that gives us the will to fight.

Demand only the hardest and harshest from yourself.  You train yourself to be a man or live simply as a male.

~ by Majestic on June 14, 2012.

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