It has been a long time since I have posted here. It has been an even longer walk the last couple months with a lot of time spent in the "wilderness" and many nights fighting old demons and trying to figure some things out...
Anyways...... God has recently brought me out of the wilderness and has placed before me a ministry and for once I am going to fully run with it and see where God takes it.
What God has opened my heart to is fathers. As many of you are aware being a father has earned a negative stigma in the last few decades. Be it because of dead beat dads or abusive fathers and husbands or addictions many of these negative connotations are earned unfortunately.
But what I have started to realize is that these things run in cycles and unfortunately these situations often start or continue an endless cycle. But there is good news! We as men cn finally stand up to the world and the adversary and break the cycle.
But the main question still remains. How?
Well God ha shown me a few things in Scripture and a one simple saying that have opened my eyes.
The first verse is In Corinthians. Paul tells wives that they are to submit to their husbands...... most men stop there and think that that means that we are in charge and our wives are some how subserviant to us. But most of us fail to read and dissect the second part of Paul's statement. That we are to love our wives as Christ loves the church..... How many men truly know what that means let alone live that simple phrase. But think about it. (and this leads somewhat into the phrase that God has shown me) if we as men love our wives the way Christ loves the church wont our children immitate us?
Now the second verse this whole ministry is based on is in Ephesians. Paul tells us that we are God's craftsmanship. Are we teaching our children that??? Are we teaching them that (especially our daughters) they are the PERFECT version of them?? Meaning that they dont need to do anything to imrove who they are?
The phrase God has shown me goes like this (and I think this ties everything together): "Be the man your son wants to be and be the man that your daughter wants to marry". Think about that for a minute..... If we become the MEN OF GOD that we are called to be....in every aspect of our lives our sons will follow in our footsteps.... By the same token if we love our wives the way we are supposed to and show our daughters how MEN OF GOD are supposed to act in all situations then they will grow up and look for men (as many of us know....a daughter often marries a man just like their own father)just like us. And most importantly they will not settle for anything less then a TRUE MAN OF GOD.......
Gentlemen maybe what I am assuming is too much and it wont work..... but I hope and pray for is that God will use this and it will spread like wildfire and we will raise a generation of little ones that will be what they are called to be: MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD.
Where I need help is getting started. Im thinking right now that I would like to start some sort of class teaching men the basics of being Godly husbands and fathers.
What I am hoping is that some of you may have books you have read that may help me in this? Or possibly someone has thought about doing something like this in the past and this is your passion as well? If anyone else has a passion for this contact me..... I would love to bounce ideas off one another-- possibly we can start something in two seperate locations?
Gentlemen I have all the faith in the world that the men of this site wil be able to help me with this.
Thank you in advance for any help or support (or even if all you can do is pray for this mionistry -- we know that the evil one will attack it and try to destroy it before it gets off the ground).
Your brother in Christ