|As a kid I had a Batman helmet, pajamas, and soap on a rope. I wanted to have special power, defend the weak, and stick it to the bad guy. During my pre-teen years I traded my Batman helmet for a football helmet and dreamed big on that front too. Then reality struck and my fantasies of glory were replaced with the unvarnished complexities of no athletic scholarships and an uncertain future.
For 99.9% of men, the dreams of our youth are replaced with ideas of what it takes to be successful in “man world”, which is typically synonymous with wealth and power. While pursuing a fulfilling career, men strive for more; climbing ladders we believe will provide meaning and significance. Our determination, hard work and commitment to our cause are usually applauded and rewarded. The means to an end is justified, glorified and amplified with every rung we climb. But our ambition, while considered honorable, can take us off course and into a soul-less fog.
Taking the Hit
“Kenny, it’s Bill.”
“Hey, Bill. What’s going on?”
“Listen, Kenny. Do you have a minute? I need to ask you a question about something.”
“Absolutely. Fire away.” I said.
That was a lie. A truthful response would have been: “No, I don’t have a minute or another second. I just finished a board meeting. I am under titanic pressure at the moment to finish this project, and I am getting frustrated over all the interruption!” That was my reality but I wasn’t going to make Bill suffer for what he didn’t know. I love the guy. So I let on about my reality for Bill’s sake and just swallowed my angst. After mentally placing my precious schedule on the altar, Bill shared with me what’s giving him a spiritual fever.
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I am praying for you each week during the month. Next month, I’m going to ask for your help with a few things. Again, take courage and live as God’s man, flaws and all. Don’t let your struggles keep you from doing good. Come to the site and share your comments and thoughts, and encourage others! Until next week…
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Kenny Luck is the founder of Every Man Ministries and the men’s pastor at Saddleback Church. His 20th book – SLEEPING GIANT: No Movement of God without Men of God – is the proven blueprint for men’s ministries, and was recently released through B&H Publishing. Leadership kits and church resources published by LifeWay. Watch and read more of Kenny’s teaching here at EveryManMinistries.com.
July 2014 Volume 2
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