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Manhood Journey Day 3: Lead Courageously

Lead Courageously

Lead Courageously
Manhood Journey Day 3: Lead Courageously

What is a real man? You could probably get quite a few different answers to that question. As for me and my boys (young men), we are using the definition from Robert Lewis’s excellent book on Christian manhood, Raising a Modern-Day Knight:

  • A real man rejects passivity.
  • A real man accepts responsibility.
  • A real man leads courageously.
  • A real man expects a greater reward.

The Little Fella recently turned fourteen. It was time for a manhood trip. We invited Older Brother along to share what he has learned in his own manhood journey.

Day 1: Reject Passivity

Day 2: Accept Responsibility

We slept in a little on Day 3 of our journey. The boys both crashed not long after we returned to the hotel last night, and I was up late blogging. Our first stop of the day was the Noah’s Ark Encounter. We had intentionally avoided advertisements for the Ark at the Creation Museum the previous day in order to be surprised by its size.

Lead Courageously

The Ark did not disappoint. It was massive. If I remember the video correctly, the ark required about 3.1 million linear feet of wood planks. On a day when the  manhood principle was to be lead courageously, Noah was a good example to examine. Leading courageously involves going first, often in the face of doubt, ridicule, and opposition. But Noah is not the the hero of the ark story .

Lead Courageously

The ark is one of the clearest Old Testament pictures of Christ, the one way to salvation from destruction. The door to the ark was the most significant part of the exhibit for me. The eternal destinies of those in Noah’s day were based on whether or not they walked through that door.

I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. John 10:9 (ESV)

Lead courageously

Random Observations from Day 3

Lead courageously

 

  • Maybe someone in the kitchen of Edwardo’s Pizzeria decided to lead courageously on a new menu item, hamburger pizza with dill pickles. Not good. Not goood at allll!
  • Like my dad, Older Brother has the very enviable skill of being able to start a quick snooze in no time flat.
  • Good tickets does not produce good baseball. We just had a better view of the Cardinals’ latest implosion.
  • The downtown Cincinnati skyline is gorgeous.

Lead courageously

Lead courageously

Tomorrow begins with matinee baseball, followed by a whole lot of driving and one more manhood principle. No blog post on day four until later. Thanks for your interest in our manhood journey.

Day 1: Reject Passivity

Day 2: Accept Responsibility

About Al Ainsworth

Al Ainsworth is a values storyteller. He works with individuals, businesses, churches, and other organizations to pass along their values through the stories they tell…and re-tell. Al is the author of Lines in the Gravel, Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life), and the Coach Dave series. Subscribe to his email list for more values storying.

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