Seacoast Chuch has been doing a series for the past three weeks called “He said, She said.” During this series, Pastor Greg has been showcasing the differences between men and women, and in particular (the first two weeks), giving numerous examples of what it means to be a man; not the kind of masculinity our culture portrays, but the kind of man God says we should be. Trust me, these are two completely different ideas, and, more often than not, very conflicting as well.
At the same time, I have recently been reading Steve Harvey’s book called “Act like a lady, think like a man”. In his book, Steve (or Mr. Harvey?) explains the fundamental differences in men and women, and attempts to give women a better understanding of how men work, think, and feel things differently. It is through this that he hopes to ultimately show women how to get “a good man”.
The past few weeks have been spent in contemplation about why God seems to be throwing all this information at me, and especially at this point in my life. Not to sound all conceited, but according to God, and Steve, I seem to be a pretty darn good man. I mean, I treat women with respect, i have two steady jobs, about to move out my momma house soon, im tryna get in shape, and I am trying my best to get my life and priorities in the proper order so that the things that weren’t quite right can get there.
I’m thinking that I’m receiving all of this as motivation. I’m kind if ashamed to say this, but there have been numerous times where I seriously considered becoming another type of person. I mean, considering everything that’s transpired in the past several months, I was starting to think that I was born into the wrong time period; that I would be better suited to the days when women looked up to knights in shining armor, when real men courted women with intellect, and artistry … But the bible says that every person born is meant to be in the place and time for God’s purpose, even if we can’t grasp it at the time.
But, in the midst of all the apparent self praise, I also believe that all this is being present for a more important reason; no matter how good of a man I, or anyone else, claim to be, there is ALWAYS room for me to improve myself. Due to the curse of being human, I know that I can never be a perfect person; only Jesus walked completely blameless. Pastor Greg said that all men, while they can never reach perfection, have to always keep reaching for it, or else we fall victim to the traps and temptations around us …
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