Get Finally Unstuck
Machismo can be a man’s undoing! If we could, in fact, handle all things then what would be the point of prayer, church, marriage, or fellowship. There really is no such thing as a self-made man. We needed a parent or two, an education of some kind, and a friend or girlfriend.
None of this is to say that we should not seek high standards for ourselves and our family. What our attitude is about these ambitions and achievements is key. Who gets credit?
Proverbs 16:18 puts it this way..
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Yet we do not do it always!
“I’ve got this.” It’s a phrase used often by men, in one form or another. We say it to ourselves; we say it to others. And, most times, we have got whatever “this” happens to be. Every once in a while, though, we encounter something we cannot handle, something we haven’t “got.” Of course, that doesn’t always diminish our willingness to make our “got this” claims still. You see, “I’ve got this” often originates from our need to project images of manliness and self-sufficiency. And so, “I’ve got this” can become a stubborn habit. Even when it becomes obvious to us (and maybe everyone else) that we, in fact, haven’t “got this,” we sometimes continue right on in our stubbornness, telling ourselves that—from now on—we simply must try harder.
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
The truth is, some things are too big for us. But, because that truth isn’t always welcome, we often cry out to God instead: “Why can’t I get beyond this?” “Why won’t you help me?” Well, brother, he has helped. He’s given us what we need to overcome even seemingly unsurmountable problems.
In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 it says…
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
While some things are too big for us alone, none is too big for Godly communities of men—standing together, praying together, holding each other accountable, keeping one another encouraged.
Galatians 6:2-10 says
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden. Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Okay, so what do we do?
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do, but can’t seem to get around to doing? Is there something you’d desperately like to stop doing, but cannot? It is against such things that we must bring the power of community. So, now’s the time. Get control of your pride, put a name to that thing, and ask your brothers for help.
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