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?