Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
In one of my favorite books Father Fiction, author Donald Miller while speaking to a group of young men about what the definition of a ‘real man’ is quotes, “A real man is a person with a penis”. He goes on to explain that God has decided what a man is and when God speaks the Majority speaks, “YOU ARE A MAN”! Miller’s quote might be funny or even a little blunt but I love the way he simplifies things.
When my wife and I were first married I didn’t know how to be a man, a real man, a man following God’s design as described by Paul in his letter to the Colossians. I’m not saying we had problems, in fact our marriage has always been good, but it went from good to great when I started to listen to God’s voice, following his instructions, and became a real man, husband and father.
Being the spiritual leader of your family is not always easy, it comes with plenty of sacrifice and committment but it’s what we were designed to be. With that type of responsibility it is important to have a good understanding of how to do that. Look no further than the verse above, start praying, listen to God and start being the man you were designed to be. A real man.
Be Strong. Act Like Men.