Where were we?
Oh yeah, ‘Wild at Heart.’
I honestly enjoyed Wild at Heart. I really did. But, at least part of the reason that I am involved in the writing of this book now is because I was so greatly convicted that it would be irresponsible to leave men with this inadequate and inaccurate account and remedy to our predicament.
With that said, here comes the real bombshell. Men, it has taken a lot of wrong turns, a lot of rebellion against God, a lot of laziness and a lot of years to get us into this mess. And, getting out of it simply isnâ€™t possible by just fixing the father wound, or throwing together 4 or 5 guys for accountability or even monitoring the internet, increasing your Quiet time and doubling your prayer time with God. It takes all of those things and a whole lot more. But mostly we need to realize this. There is no formula. There is no list. We cannot follow a 12 step plan to Xtreme manhood. The solution will never be found in regulation. It will be found in relationship, a right relationship with Jesus Christ. And that, my friends, is a life long journey, not a 6 month long program.
Xtreme spirituality! Hypocrites! The magnificent seven! Seven sections with the same three themes that run something like this, â€œwimpy to average to Xtreme, or your money back. It must be a program deal!!!
Thatâ€™s ok, get it out. I can take it. Thereâ€™s just one thing though. Youâ€™re wrong. You wonâ€™t get your money back. Blogs are free.
No, I mean, about the formula. My intention with the layout is simply this, I want you, the reader to take an honest look at each of the major areas of your life. If youâ€™re serious about this lifelong journey. If you really think itâ€™s worth it. If youâ€™re tired of the status quo, then nothing can be left out. Just as Ephesians 6 talks about putting on the whole armor of God rather than just a third of it or half of it. The journey is all or nothing. The journey is an adventure full of risk and without guarantees of safety and success at every turn.
But the prize is worth it.
I’ve got lots more to say on this subject, but it’s Sunday, and you should be at church! That’s where I’m headed right now.
Talk to you again soon.
You’ll find me over there.
And him right here.