Join “The Courageous Project”.


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I’m starting the interesting task of gathering stories from men of all ages telling of a time when they acted courageously.

It’s called “The Courageous Project” and I want YOU to be a part of it.

The goal is to have at least 100 stories of regular men doing courageous things.  Not stupid things.  Not necessarily even dangerous things. Courageous things.

Things like these…

1.  A time when you acted with integrity and it cost you.

2.  A situation when you had to stand strong even when it seemed things were caving in around you.

3.  A time when you had to make a decision that was not popular with friends or family but was the right thing to do.

4.  A time when you had to make a tough business decision but you acted with integrity.

5.  Maybe it was something dangerous that you did, not for fun or to be seen, but because it was the right thing to do in the situation. You put the well-being of others above your own.

Whatever your story is, I want to hear it.  No matter how simple or common you think your story is, share it.  Your experience may change the life of another man who is facing the same thing you went through.

Here’s a sample of a story that a man shared with me earlier this week…


Leroy’s Story

I met Leroy at a store the other day and started a conversation with him. After we talked for a while, I asked him this question:

“What is the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?”

“Fighting in the Vietnam War.” was his answer.

He shared one of his stories with me, as well. He was manning an M-60 in a pit by a bunker when a mortar landed right near him and knocked him unconscious. While he was out, the Lord spoke to him and changed his life forever.  He serves the Lord to this day and is thankful for his Savior.

Fighting in an unpopular war for the freedom of others is courageous.  So is fighting the spiritual battle for your family’s freedom from sin and bondage.

So what’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done? It could be a thousand different things so don’t sell yourself short!  Whether you’re young, middle-aged, or older, look back over your life and share your most courageous moment so far.

Your story may inspire someone else to stand strong when backing down seems like a good option.

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Will you please take time to share this with people you know on Facebook and other media outlets?  Let’s get the stories coming in!

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Share your story here!

What are the 2 biggest lies men are buying into?


Part of living an intentional life means diligently filtering what we are being told. Since men are bombarded by lies constantly, we must choose carefully what we are building the foundation of our marriage, our fathering, and our life upon.  On a daily basis we hear potentially destructive things like…

  1. You’re not hurting anyone else by doing that secret sin.
  2. Everyone cuts corners, it’s how business is done.
  3. It’s ok to look at women as long as you don’t act on your thoughts.

In this video Francis Chan shares two of the biggest lies we buy into today.  You’ll see the effect they have on many of the decisions we make – even how likely we are to accept the other lies that come our way.

What are these two big lies?  See if these sound familiar.

  1. I AM A GOOD PERSON.
  2. BECAUSE GOD IS A LOVING GOD HE WILL NOT PUNISH ME FOR MY SIN.

In 5 minutes Francis tells us why it is important to look to God’s Word for absolute truth and not to the world’s opinion.  While the world may make us feel better it leads to certain destruction.

After you watch, leave your thoughts in the comment area of this post.  Do you think these lies are destructive?  What are some of the other common lies you think men hear?

 

Thanks Cheerios, for making a commercial that doesn’t make dads look stupid.


Culture today is bombarded with television shows, movies, and commercials that make dads look like morons.  They are portrayed as bumbling idiots who can’t take care of themselves, much less their family.  These television dads are fortunate, however, to be partnered with a witty, strong-willed, educated wife who knows how to handle the kids, family issues, and even repairs around the home.  Now there’s nothing wrong with a strong woman, but does it always have to be at the expense of a weak-minded father who would rather play with his kid’s video games (alone) than teach them something meaningful?

Hooray for General Mills / Cheerios for breaking out of the norm and showing dad as a real man.  Not an overbearing man.  Not a man of superhuman strength.  Not a perfect man with a perfect family. They show a real-looking man with a middle class home with kids doing normal things.   He helps around the house, communicates with his kids, and cares for his wife.

He’s simply a dad who manages his family and seems to understand the importance of his role.

Yes, it was just a Cheerios commercial.  But it’s a legitimate and strong representation of dad.

And I’ll take that.

What do you think of the Cheerios commercial?  How do you feel about how dads are portrayed in today’s culture?