What Kind of Man Are You? Do You Have Something To Say?


Matthew West, current song writer and balladeer, has written a song, with a catchy tune, called “You’ve Got Something To Say.” Here are some of the lyrics:

But the whole wide world is waiting for you to step out that door
Come on and let your life be heard today
You’ve got something to say
If you’re living
If you’re breathing
You’ve got something to say
You know if your heart is beating
You’ve got something to say
And no one can say it like you do
God is love and love speaks through you
You got it, you got it
You’ve got something to say
Listen up I’ve got a question here
Would anybody miss you if you disappeared?
Your life is the song that you sing
And the whole wide world is listening
Well the answer to the question is you were created
Your life is a gift
And the lights are shining on you today
You’ve got something to say

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Here we have a young man, with some really powerful lyrics, that I believe a lot of men need to grapple with. Men for the most part are emasculated by the culture in which we live. John Eldredge has had a significant impact on the Evangelical scene, in particular with his “Wild At Heart” book about men rediscovering who they are as men, and the wild and playful parts of a man’s life, and how man was designed by God to be that way. Men are wired different than women, and there is no shame in that. Women are equally wired differently and we need to celebrate the uniqueness of both.

Here, today, I look at Matthew West’s lyrics and I cannot help but imagine what would happen if each of us as men, were to view our lives from God’s perspective, and see all the “divine appointments” in our day that God orchestrates which for the most part, we pay little attention to, and kind of shrug at most of it as mere coincidence. Coincidence is not in God’s vocabulary. There is no such thing as “chance” or “random occurrence” in God’s economy. Every molecule of creation is accounted for. As the Scriptures say, you hairs are numbers, as much as your breaths! Can we fathom that?! Can we truly grasp the providence of God, the sovereignty of God and the grace of God in all of our goings on? Can you imagine what that does to the purpose and value of the day for you and for me? Can you imagine what that does for a man?

Men find it difficult to be a man and to mover around in our world with a sense of purpose and value. The culture says a man finds his worth not in who he is but in what he does. This creates an obsession with position, status, advancement, and ambition, often at the expense of health, family, friends and long term shallowness and emptiness at the end of the day. Then there are the demands placed on us by the out of work environment, taxing our time and energy, sapping the very life out of us. Where is the outlet to truly be yourself, a man after God’s own heart?

Eldredge states summarizes for us men, the hunger that is deep in our souls:

• …in the heart of every man is a desperate desire for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.

• Most messages for men ultimately fail. The reason is simple. They ignore what is deep and true to a man’s heart, his real passions, and simply try to shape him up through various forms of pressure.

• If a man is ever to find out who he is and what he is here for, he has got to take that journey for himself. He has got to get his heart back.

• Even if he can’t put it into words, every man is haunted by the question, “Am I really a man? Have I got what it takes…when it counts?”

• Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

So, combining this very passion, of what it means to be a man from John Eldredge, and the passion of Matthew West, “you have something to say!” Discover who you are and what beats in your heart! Look for those divine moments, where, you in your journey with God, are uniquely positioned by Him, to engage the people He puts in your path, at work, at play, at rest, in the mundane and ordinary of every day life, and you will discover again, you are not emasculated. You are not impotent. You are not impoverished. You are unique in the heart of God. You have purpose and value, just being who He designed you to be. Every flaw, and every failure counts just as much as every victory and every success. The trials shape your life. You are honed through adversity. Your mind and heart are transformed by God, as you lay your life before Him and let Him pour His love and grace into your life, as He renews your mind.

So rise up! Today, pick yourself up, look in the mirror, and ask God to take you on that journey in Him, discovering that the wild passion within your heart is not a foreign thing, it is a gift from God that is uniquely yours. Live the adventure, don’t wait for it to arrive. Your adventure is in God and where He takes you, every curve, and bend in the road of life, from the mundane to the wild and wonderful. Let Christ live His life in and through your own life. Thi
s is where you are meant to be.

Blessings,

Sam

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About Sam Buick

A lover and disciple of Jesus Christ. Married to my best friend, Lori-Anne. Father to 3 incredible daughters, Carragh, Caitlin and Erinn, and sons-in-law Alex, and Stephen Davis. An avid reader, a Droid user, a Mac addict, a lover of footy ball and football (there is a difference), and hockey. Once a soldier. Once a youth worker. Once an ordained minister. Once a claims adjuster. Once a charismatic, now a cessationist. Once a just war advocate, now a pacifist. A disciple of Christ, 5 point classical Calvinist. There is only one way to God, and that is through Jesus Christ alone.
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