Thursday, April 23, 2009

it's a hard life

Do not make life hard to any.

Forgive us if this day we have done or said anything to increase the pain of the world. Pardon the unkind word, the impatient gesture, the hard and selfish deed, the failure to show sympathy and kindly help where we had the opportunity, but missed it; and enable us so to live that we may daily do something to lessen the tide of human sorrow, and add to the sum of human happiness.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

What He Must Be...

Only God can bring about the kind of change necessary in a young man to prepare him to be the kind of husband the Scriptures portray. This should
drive young women to their knees as they plead with God to make a man like this and bring him across their path.

The traits include being prepared to lead (and lead like Christ), being committed to children, and the four P's: He must be a Protector, Provider, Prophet, and Priest. Whatever words we choose to use, it is clear that a young man must be ready to represent his family before God (as a priest), represent God before his family (as a prophet), meet the needs of those in his household (as a provider), and place himself between his family and all who would do them harm (as a protector).

A young man who is worthy of a wife will have a clear understanding of the covenantal nature of marriage. He will also have a healthy apprehension when he thinks about the magnitude of his responsibility should he assume the role of husband and father. He must know the weight he is taking on his shoulders and be willing to accept it. He must be a man who is willing to endure hardship for the sake of his family should he be called upon to do so.

Can any man be all this? Let alone a 21-year-old guy? Not apart from the Father. This is where we must place our hope, with an eye on the young man's trajectory, and faith for the man he'll become.