Since today is Father’s Day, I wanted to share a few thoughts specifically directed towards men. I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure to take part the past several years in a men’s group at my church, and it has been a tremendous blessing in my life. It is based on a curriculum put together by Robert Lewis, a former pastor who has a heart and passion for men’s ministries. The Men’s Fraternity series helps men understand their masculine identity and shows them how to make the pursuit of authentic manhood a lifelong priority that is incorporated into the fabric of their everyday lives.
Lewis’ definition for manhood includes the following four characteristics:
1) Reject passivity
2) Accept responsibility
3) Lead courageously
4) Expect the greater reward, God’s reward
Employment is one of the topics addressed in the series. Many men aren’t in the right work situation. Some work too little, some work too much, and others know it isn’t the right calling. Choosing to follow the four steps above will help in finding a better opportunity.
Too often men try to figure out things by themselves, and this can be a mistake. One action step that is recommended from the materials is to create a personal “board of directors” comprised of good men that you trust, and seek their counsel. This can serve as a tremendous source of wisdom and encouragement.
It is important for men to have friends, and make the time to invest in these relationships. While at first some may find this awkward and challenging or difficult to balance with work and family commitments, it is worth the effort.