The Art of Manliness

Gentlemen, fellow colleagues, listen. Ladies, this is for you too.

Our generation is in desperate need of more men. Not just men looking for sex and six-pack abs. Instead, let’s begin to uncover the lost art of true manliness. Men, choose your path.

Look around. What do you see? I see many men refusing to grow up and man up. They have lost the confidence, virtues, passion, wildness, ferocity, and warrior-like spirit that the men in the days of old embodied. I’ve met many who were raised without the influence of a good father, and this, among other things, has left a generation adrift as to what it means to be an honorable, well-rounded man.

Gentlemen, first you need to find yourselves. Ladies, let them. Inside the heart of every man are fundamental questions that simply cannot be answered at the kitchen table. Who am I? What am I made of? What am I destined for? Men, maybe you need to get away. Perhaps to a mountain cabin, for three days, write some poetry, canoe down a river, and dream.

Live adventurously. Don’t let fear keep you in the comfortable realms of order and control. Face your fears and ask that question. Do I have what it takes? Wrestle with that until you have a victor. Remember as a boy, if ever you were given a quest to explore, with a little dash of danger, wasn’t that the epitome of adventure and a good time? Get back to your boyish longing for adventure. That’s a good thing. It’s an even better thing when you have someone to share that adventure with.

In high school, I wasn’t mean or evil. I was nice. Still, I never got The Girl probably because I was always hesitant. Gentlemen, let me tell you, a hesitant man is the last thing in the world a woman needs. She needs a lover and a warrior, not just a “really nice guy.” And Ladies, I’m sorry for any man whose ever broken your spirits and treated you like dirt. A woman truly is the crescendo, the crowning, amazing work of God. In one last event creation comes to a finish with Eve. She is the Master’s finishing touch!

Finally, best said by John Eldredge, “A man needs a battle to fight; he needs a place for the warrior in him to come alive and be honored, trained, seasoned. If we can reawaken that fierce quality in a man, hook it up to a higher purpose, release the warrior within, then the boy can grow up and become truly masculine… We are made in the image of God; we carry within us the desire for our true life of intimacy and adventure. To say we want less than that is to lie.”

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