“The boys in the village must be guided into healthy manhood, or they will burn down the village, just to feel the heat.” African Proverb
Once again, we are assaulted with the news of another “village,” this time a pleasant neighborhood grocery store in “safe” Boulder, CO, that suffers from the violent flames of a broken man. This immediately follows the agony we witnessed of 8 spa workers murdered in another village outside Atlanta. These scenes, though mind-numbingly common, are so horrifically heart-wrenching!
And it’s always, always, always a broken man, who doubts that he matters, who takes it out on the defenseless and unsuspecting. Like the rest of the cowards who preceded him.
How long do we allow this to go on without making strong, strategic decisions to heal broken men, and guide young ones, in our society?! Until we do, they will continue to burn down our villages, one at a time.
Two readily available resources for exactly this purpose are:
- Passage to Manhood Field Guide for teenage boys
- Noble Journey for adult men
Photo credit Steve Schopper, CPR News
My greatest joy in life is my family. I know, that sounds like the comment you’re supposed to make as a man and father. All I can say is I literally shake my head in wonder at the family I have: my wife Beryl; my daughter Barclay and son-in-law Vince, their four daughters, Bella, Brynn, Brooke and Blake; my son Alec, my son Conor and daughter-in-law Bonnie, their daughter Gemma and son Calvin. Every one of them is a genuine gift. Beyond that, I have a calling that I live out through Peregrine Ministries. It is to help men: Understand their identity in Christ, Embrace their role as men, and Live out their God-given calling in life. Bottom line is I’m convinced men matter and I want to help them live life on purpose.