Men of Courage

See if this sounds familiar…

You get up, make some coffee and grab your bible.  You read your typical chapter, think about it for a minute then move on.  You have a shower, some breakfast, kiss your wife and kids and head out the door to work.  On the way to work you rock out to some music, noticing that there is a lady on the side of the road who just hit a deer (people really should pay more attention when they drive, that’s the fourth deer you’ve seen hit this week).

You get to work and dive into your routine.  You get another cup of joe, grab a doughnut (mmmm…doughnuts!), talk to some co-workers (patiently standing there while the guy next to you complains, again, about something or another, your not really sure what your more focused on chocolate and sprinkles), and start to work on your daily list of tasks.

At lunch you grab a quick bite from the closest sandwich shop or reheat the leftovers from last nights dinner.  You run some quick errands, surf the internet for a few minutes and then dive back into the afternoon.

At 5:00 you shut things down and head home.  You crank up the music to help decompress from your day and roll down your windows (there is that deer from this morning…what a mess!).  You get home and kiss your wife and kids, have some dinner, play with the kids for an hour, read some stories, and talk about your day.

After tucking the kids in you sit back and watch some TV, read a book, and relax with your wife.  It was a long day and you deserve to just kick back for an hour before you do the dishes.  Then you get ready for bed, pray with your wife, kiss her goodnight and go to sleep (a little later than you wanted, but it’s ok because you can make an extra strong pot of coffee in the morning).

Sounds like a typical day.  You did what you were supposed to do, what you were expected to do.  You went to work, accomplished your tasks, came home to family time, read in your bible, etc.  But what did you really do today?!?  What did you do to further the kingdom of God?  What did you do to make a connection with someone, to show the love of Jesus through your actions?

“I didn’t really have any opportunity for that.” you say.  REALLY?  Did you stop and see if you could help the lady that just smashed her car into a deer?  Did you offer her a ride to work?  How about the complaining guy at your office, ever stop to really listen and see if you could encourage him?  Maybe he is going through some really tough times and if someone would just listen, truly listen, it would make all the difference in the world to him.

My point is not to make what we do every day insignificant, it’s not, far from it.  Providing for our families, doing our jobs well, spending time in the bible, reading to our kids, spending some down time with our wives, these are all important and necessary parts of being a man.  But God calls us to do more than this, to stand up in a world that has become self-centered and reward-oriented (what’s in it for me?) and be selfless, serving others without expectation of anything in return.

The new single by Casting Crowns, Courageous, is an awesome example of what men of God struggle with and should strive for every day.  Be warriors for God, pushing the edge of your comfort zone to do what is right in God’s eyes, not the world’s, every day.  Don’t sit on the sidelines, going through the motions of life, just checking off the boxes of the things you’re “supposed”to accomplish, really LIVE!

Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…”.  Whatever you do… driving to work, talking to co-workers, doing your job, reading to your kids, all of it… do it for the Lord.  Do it full out, all in, no holding back!  My wife told me something once that she read that I really like: Remember that the goal of life is not to get to the end rested, relaxed and with a tan.  The goal is to come sliding in tattered, torn, bruised and bleeding; having given your all for God; and to say “Man, what a ride!”

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