“Timber”

August 19, 2009

in Beyond the Marriage

My son, eighteen, wanted to fell a tree today. The life long cowboy/rancher we share this property with told him he could do this once he proved he could sharpen the ax. My son spent good while working on the ax with a hand stone, and then went after an eight inch diameter, 25 foot maple. He formed several blisters, and tore at least one open, but kept at it till the tree was down. He limbed the lower part and chopped it into fire word, and dragged the rest to the brush pile. He told me he is going to drop and chop one tree a day till the maple grove is reduced to a few good trees. Then he set about sharpening his pocket knife till it would cut paper with very light pressure.

My point in all of this, is that he had a blast – he told my bride and myself this several times. As a man, he has a desire, even a need, to do things like this. It makes him feel like he is a man, like he is doing what he was created for. In our modern world, many of us don’t get a chance to “feel like men”. We don’t feel we are needed to protect our family, to hunt so they don’t starve, or to cut wood so they don’t freeze. I’m a fan of most of what is modern, but I am aware that it comes at a price, and that part of that price can cost a man an important part of who he is – of who God made him to be.

How do we fulfill the “manly” needs God gave us in this modern society?

3 comments
matthy
matthy

(please delete my previous comment - it is garbled. Must learn how to use tags etc.) ** In our modern world, many of us don't get a chance to "feel like men". ** That depends on the definition of a "man" - is it based on a secular view or on a biblical view? ** We don't feel we are needed to protect our family, to hunt so they don't starve, or to cut wood so they don't freeze. ** I think we as fathers are more than ever needed to protect our family - just think of the many dangers they face in the digital world! Are we educating them to be prepared for the traps in there? ** I'm a fan of most of what is modern, but I am aware that it comes at a price ** That is true (and I'm a fan of those gadgets too) and we have to make sure that we control them, not the other way round! ;-) God bless! Matthy from the emerald island

The Generous Husband
The Generous Husband

Dee, Sorry for the contact form, it rejects very short messages as spam. I have e-mailed you. Paul

dee lauderdale
dee lauderdale

Hey, I tried to use the contact page but it kept kicking me out. I just started a web site to train men. I was wondering if you'd be interested in doing guest posts? thanks Dee dee.lauderdale@gmail.com playbookformen.com

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