I have come to realize something recently: we are in desperate need of men. No, I don't mean because there is a dearth in the dating scene. And I don't mean that there is some funky imbalance in the general populace. What I mean is this - we need guys of all ages to rise up and become the men God has called them to be. Men unashamed of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Men unafraid of loving their wives and families well. Men who will cultivate in themselves the disciplines of a disciple of Christ and help others to do the same. Men - real men.
For some unknown-to-me reason, now more than ever we are seeing a generation full of guys, but few men. Responsibility is being pushed off, passion and ownership of life are lacking, and the drive to do something great has become a vague and misunderstood concept that always appears beyond one's grasp. Greatness has become something which can be achieved from nothing - no work, heartache, struggle, or trial. And perhaps it is this which creates a generation of lackluster guys: the choosing of apathy and complacency over the struggle which produces greatness.
Greatness certainly does not come from ease. It comes from blood, work, sweat, and tears. Greatness is produced from difficulty not a lack of it. But it can be produced! I have seen a few shining examples of those who have decided to take up the mantle and become men and to you, I applaud you. Continue on through the trials and struggles and let Him mold and shape you. Rise up and shine like the men of God He created you to be. Set the example. Walk boldly before this world and walk humbly with thy God.