For the last 10 years I have had a passion on my heart to see men released fully into who they are. This year it feels as if this passion is becoming more on the forefront of my mind and heart.
Men are incredibly significant and valuable in our world and I am fully aware that there’s almost been a war over the man’s identity recently. I have a passion to see men fully know their place in our families, culture and world. Often this starts in family. The lessons we learn when we are small are what craft and make us.
Why is it that there is such a rise of men in prison? I’ve also heard so many times “where are the true men?”
I would personally say that the cultures we have created have raised up men to be “lads” and not “men”. I have had too many conversations with guys, who at a young age felt pressured to fall into the culture “norms” instead of to stand for what their conscious believed to be true. Only for them to later in their lives realise that they lost their childhood purity and dreams.
Who created the lies that say you’re more of a man if you have: this weight; these types of muscles; this many girls after you; got off with this many girls? This isn’t creating a man, but instead someone who isn’t worthy to be trusted. Men, you are phenomenally powerful and have a hugely significant role. I am personally sorry for when this hasn’t been well displayed or your feelings have felt shut down.
There is space for you to be YOU! You are called to be men of honour, respect, integrity, noble character and fun! To be men who lead women without fear of them shining and fully able to release others around you to fly. Men, you see the gold in others and draw that out.
A few years ago I did a survey on how people see “true manhood” the feedback was so eye opening. The top words people used to describe a “lad” were “disrespectful”, “dishonouring”, “rude”. Yet the words most described for a “man” were “respectful”, “honouring”, “courageous”, “full of integrity”.
This was incredible to me that lad culture is raising the very opposite of what men are called to be. There is often a battle in life over the very thing that we are. This often manifests itself in trying to make us the very opposite of what we are. So in some ways this doesn’t surprise me that this is a man’s battle. But I just wanted to help highlight it and give a voice to you men to arise out of the dark, to stand tall and not to cower under the pressures that might surround you saying you need to tick certain boxes to be classified as a “man”.
Let me tell you some truths:
- “YOU ARE MAN ENOUGH”
- “PURITY IS PRICELESS”
- “THE STRONG BUILD UP BUT THE WEAK TEAR DOWN”
- “YOUR STRENGTH CAN BE FOUND IN YOUR WEAKNESS”.
- “THE STRONGEST MEN ARE THOSE ABLE TO BE VULNERABLE”
- “ENCOURAGEMENT GIVES OTHERS COURAGE”.
- “COURAGE IS THE ABILITY TO FACE YOUR FEARS”
- “SECURE LEADERS LEAD OTHERS INTO VICTORY AND FREEDOM, THE INSECURE LEAD PEOPLE INTO PRISONS”.
- “YOUR FRIENDS CULTIVATE YOUR DESTINY”
So men, have courage, stand tall and remember your voice matters. You carry the Fathers heart and that is something to be cherished, protected and fought for. Fathers are vital, vital, vital.
We can’t lose the Fathers.
So Fathers, Men, Sons ARISE (no matter your age or stage).
There is a place for you.
Protect your eyes, ears and mouths. Those are your weapons. Use them for good. As what you look at, hear and speak creates your reality and future. You have power over those things. Lead yourself well and watch the results ripple around you. You are powerful and your presence carries breakthrough for nations. Your small decisions can impact people way more than you realise. You have a voice, a place and a purpose.
You are valued.
Here is a poem I wrote:
Into the mystery we dive.
A year now to soar and thrive.
Cutting off every tie.
Fully undone and lifted up high.
Created to write about “redemption”.
Every step of our transformation.
Words spoken in love and truth.
Confronting and yet encouraging too.
Raising up true men with swords.
Fully present and warriors of war.
No time to waste, shining in purity.
Righteous men, created for victory.
No doubt in my mind, they are called to lead.
To seek wisdom and forgiveness so they can fully see.
Deep faith, rooted and whole.
Surrendered lives to their one true call.
Raising up sons, husbands and Fathers.
Each with a roar, taking it further.
Lion hearted, with space to soar.
Empowering them, to carry the Lord.
This is a season to fully see.
Men rising up, in deep purity.
Eyes on their Father, focused as can BE.
Men waging war, for nations to get free.
This is the call, this is the time.
NOW is the moment to fully shine.
Take up the call, pick up your pen.
Write down the story, hidden deep within.
Men you have a place.
Men there is grace.
Because you are the face.
Of the Father’s embrace.
Men, Fathers and sons.
This chapter has now begun.
Turn it over and soon you will see.
We need YOU in order to be TRULY FREE!