Friday, February 25, 2011

Embracing Our Place

I believe connection is the catalyst for spiritual growth and maturity.  Proverbs 27:17 says that iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another.  I believe that when true personal connection happens there is an empowerment that comes into our lives, which builds and enables us to move forward in strength.

Unfortunately, we live in a society that has attempted to remove the role of men and the importance of a strong male figure in the home and society.  The absence of Godly men has negative effects in the communities in which we live. I believe that it's time for men everywhere to take ownership of their roles and responsibility.

Part of the restoration process of our families, cities, states, and nations is for men to take our rightful place.  In order for that to happen we must take time to invest in ourselves, face our weaknesses, struggles, hurt and pain of the past.  Instead of allowing our past to paralyze us, we must learn to allow that pain to ignite a passion for God and righteousness in our lives.

Let me be clear this is not about posturing, this is about coming to a place of self awareness; accepting our need for God's presence in our lives.  God's presence has the power to change us from the inside out.  2 Cor 5:17 (NIV) says that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  In God, all things are made new.  Men, you have been given a mandate from God to lead your families, churches, and communities in His direction.  Men, let's take our rightful place!

I will be hosting a 6 week small group book study of Tony Dungy's "Quiet Strength". The group will begin February 26th at 10 a.m. at The Life Church of Memphis Collierville Campus 650 Houston Hills Rd. Eads, TN 38028. I would love to see you there!