Becoming a Man of God. This is bigger than anything else in a young boys life. This is something that I have not fully faced yet. There are certain temptations that a man has that is different than a woman. But men are expected to triumph over those temptations for the sake of their family.
It is very important that men take the lead spiritually with their family. This is a responsibility that I look forward to both in fear and in excitement. As a man, as a father, expectations are high spiritually. The bible talks about men being the "faith-bearers" of the world. That is the biggest and most terrifying responsibility for a father.
To think that I will be that "faith-bearer" to an up-and-coming child terrifies me. I am not ready for that. There is a song called "Lead Me" By Sanctus Real. Here are some of the lyrics:
Lead me with strong hands
Stand up when I can't
Don't leave me hungry for love
Chasing dreams, but what about us
Show me you're willing to fight
That I'm still the love of your life
I know we call this our home
But I still feel alone
I see their faces, look in their innocent eyes
They're just children from the outside
I'm working hard, I tell myself they'll be fine
But on the inside, I can hear them saying
So Father, give me the strength
To be everything Im called to be
Oh, Father, show me the way
To lead them
Won't You lead me?
To lead them with strong hands
To stand up when they can't
Don't want to leave them hungry for love
Chasing dreams that I could give up
I'll show them I'm willing to fight
And give them the best of my life
So we can call this our home
Lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone
Sorry, that's basically the whole song, but I had to because it is such a great song. It is a song about a father and husband who is struggling to lead his family. In the end he talks about where the strength comes from. The symbolism in this song is beautiful. He starts out talking about his wife asking for leading, then his children who need leading as he is the father and husband. However, in the end, God is his father and he is asking Him for leading because he can't do it alone.
So as I ponder the future man of God that I will be, I will always remember that I am nothing more than a child and God is my Father. God will guide me and help me be the best father and husband I can ever be!