Always forward

I’ll start with a good post from Sunshine Mary:

And a scripture:

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  [Philippians 3:14]

You can’t run backward as fast as you can run forward; and you can’t pull as strongly as you can push.  When Paul speaks to the Ephesians about putting on the armor of God, he does not mention anything about the back – no back plate.  Going straight to the other side of a river will get you there faster than following the current.  A battle is ended quickest by marching forward.  It is hard to stand against a raging current, but it is even harder to stop after a slip.  Time only flows in one direction.

The masculine man apologizes for his mistakes and corrects his errors; however, he does not retreat or back down or withdraw.  If he has been going in the wrong direction, he only changes his course.  In Chinese martial arts, there is a concept called “absorbing the blow”.  It is a technique of allowing a strike to enter and then absorbing it in order to draw in an opponent for a decisive counter strike.

Moving forward is the only way for a man to grow, to become strong, to succeed, to conquer, to be masculine.


Preparedness from Sunshine Mary

A little while ago, Sunshine Mary posted a situation she encountered that demonstrates how helpful it is to be prepared; and have kids.

I die free

There is a show called “Stargate SG-1“.  It is the story of a unit called SG-1 within a secret government installation called “Stargate Command“.  Stargate Command, or SGC, houses a large ring called a Stargate.  The Stargate allows objects, and people, to travel to other planets that also have a Stargate.

Now out in the galaxy, there is a creature that can take over sentient beings and control them; they are called the Goa’uld.  The Goa’uld have set themselves up as gods and have enslaved numerous worlds and peoples.  The ones who make up their army are called Jaffa.  The Jaffa are also enslaved to the Goa’uld in their own way.

On one mission, SG-1 goes to a planet and is helped by the right-hand man of one of these false gods.  His name is Teal’c.  Teal’c is invited to return with SG-1 and soon becomes an integral part of the team.  Later, when other Jaffa turn from the false gods, their saying is very enlightening:

I die free.

Those who believe and are saved by God’s word are free from sin and death (Romans 8:1-3).  God will free those who turn away from the false gods of this world and allow them to make the choice to serve him, or return to the bondage of sin.

The masculine man is intellectual

The masculine man may feel things – anger, rage, possession, rejection – but his decisions are based on intellectual logic.  While a man can allow his emotions to affect his decisions, the decisions he makes are ultimately a result of an intellectual choice.

Because the masculine man makes his decisions independent of outside influences, deceiving him is nearly impossible (1 Timothy 2:14).  The strength of a masculine man does not come from muscles, although this is a positive attribute, it comes from his mind.  The ability to make a decision without being affected by the environment he is in and the commitment with which he holds to his decision is the demonstration of his strength.

The masculine man has the same mental characteristics of a trailblazer; a man will always have to make decisions and be responsible for those decisions.


Some reference material:

The path of the masculine man

As the Bible teaches that God’s children are in the world but not of the world(John 15:19John 17:13-16), so too is the masculine man a man but not any man.  The masculine man chooses his path and is careful when others walk with him so that he is not drawn from his way and enslaved by another’s bonds.
Whether he leads, follows, partners, or separates, he chooses each and every step he makes.  If he does make a wrong turn or stumbles over something in his way, he corrects the mistake and learns from it.  The masculine man does not see the insurmountable obstacle as an insurmountable obstacle but as an opportunity to become stronger and more powerful.
The unmasculine man does not not attempt to overcome an obstacle that is too tough for him at that moment.  He does not gain strength from the obstacle or by other means.  An unmasculine man does not follow the best path, or even the good path, but the path easiest to travel.
Robert Frost (1874–1963).  Mountain Interval.  1920.  The Road Not Taken
However, a masculine man also avoids paths paths that are dangerous.  The dangerous path is slippery and precarious.
The masculine man must be strongest against not those who would lead wrong or leave him but those who would stay – that they would divert his direction by continual persuasion.