A boy is born but a man is made.  This is a statement that headlined my childhood.  While I found this statement true, everyone has their own list of ingredients to complete the making of a man.  The words strong, hard worker, diligent, never quit, and leader comes to mind.  While all of these have their place, do they actually complete the making of a man?  When we place an emphasis on worldly ideas of what it takes to be a man, have we missed the bigger picture and not really made a man?

    ”Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1: 1-3)

    As young men become adults life becomes a roller coaster.  They are processing so much at one time and trying to find their happy place where they fit in and become accepted.  Those examples before them will start to make up the list of ingredients to complete them.  Each of us are responsible for own actions, but all of us have had examples both good and bad that we have followed.  When we put our worth in society we believe we can achieve “cool” status or again we can be accepted.  We know that priorities as a young adult vary greatly, but we can accept that money and relationships are near the top.  As young men we have to start the process of becoming that man that future leader of the household.  We will have to make the calls in our lives that could affect us for the remainder of  them.  Looking at the magnitude of this how then do we settle for what the world tells us is good or ok?  We can’t as stated in the Psalms “but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” this is how we become accepted by the only one that matters our Lord and Savior.

    ‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

    

    As we grow wise in the lord it enables us to have the tools for success.  The relationship grows stronger the ingredients become evident and in the end we have a man of God.  That process as I see it will continue till the day we are called home.  There was only one man who walked earth and did it perfect his name was Jesus.  We can strive to emulate him as we should, but we will come up short.  Does this mean we fail at becoming a man of God?   Absolutely not it means we are humans who are not perfect.  We have to be strong in our faith and intentional in our relationships.  Our relationship with people, money, and the world it is built with the foundation of our relationship with God is the strongest.  When we set our hearts on him there isn’t room to be consumed by others, because it is already full.

    “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

    My life has been full of not following through all the way.  I have given in to temptation countless times in my walk of life.  I will however love God with all my heart, my soul, and my mind.  I will fall short of the glory of God but I will strive to make my relationship with God the strongest one I have.  Through him and only him I will have the ingredients to become a man of God.  Stay strong in your walk and remember he is with you everywhere you go.  We can be a world filled with Godly men and all it takes is to take a step and keep on walking.  

God bless you all,

Jason Clark

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