December, 2011


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Dec 11

Real Men

Dedicated to my father, who gave me more than he had received, so that I would go places he could never reach.

Real men are those who are willing to live by conviction, who chose to live by what they themselves know to be true rather than by the opinions of others.

Real men are those who are willing to break the status quo, to say, “This is not the way things should be!”

Real men are those who are willing to stand up and face the crowd, who are willing to cry “foul” while everyone looks on in helpless and hopeless silence.

Real men are those who are willing to face the uncertainty of the future and to bring vision into reality.

Real men are those who take the risky steps into the unknown, creating a path for others to follow.

Real men are those who press on to their destination when the road is dark, when they still see no fruit of their labour and no evidence of progress.

Real men are those who giveĀ  their lives to a cause that is worth dying for, so that even in life, they die; and even in death, they live.

Real men are those who rise to the challenge, not only when they feel like it, but especially when they don’t–when the situation seems hopeless and out of control and all strength is exhausted.

Real men are those who give of themselves, fighting for the breakthrough of those who may never remember or whose path they may never cross again.

Real men are those who carry themselves with dignity, using it not for their own good but to bestow dignity to the undignified.

Real men are those who fight for those weaker than themselves, who give a voice to the silent one, and who recognize the hidden ones.

Real men are those who are willing to speak the truth in love, who are willing to cross the threshold of pain for someone else’s good.

Real men are those who keep on being real men, long after their manliness has ceased to be glamorous or poetic, when being a man feels more messy than mighty.

These are the men who deserve the accolades of crowds, the honours of medals, and the gratitude of their friends–but who serve with no regard to their attention, their honor, or their recognition.

It is by the choices and actions of such men that the world is changed. One man is a minority, but one man and God is a majority. The world around you is waiting for that one man who, because of His faith in God, stands as a majority. The world around you is waiting for that one man who, because of his fearlessness, steps out in a bold act of faith and obedience.

You were called to greatness. You were called to make a difference. Christ came in the flesh so that we could see a real man, and He raised us up with Him so that we could become real men. And Christ died so that you would not only be raised up with Him, but that you would also reign with Him. He gave His life so that your life would be significant and so that your life would make a difference.

These are real men.

It is upon the shoulders of such men that I stand.

By the grace of God, it is in the footsteps of such men that I will follow.

Soli Deo gloria.