I’m sure we’ve all grown up witnessing the world call each other names, pick on each other , and label each other in immature fashion. And while we feel that we are just “poking fun,” you’d be surprised how many people are vigorously tormented by the labels that are given to them.
Disclaimer: I don’t necessarily live out all of these things perfectly, but these twenty points are what I strive to do on a daily basis. I am constantly in pursuit of becoming a better man of God, husband, and friend to those around me. Join me on this journey of becoming a better man.
1. Treat women with respect.
Simple. All men should strive to treat women with the respect and purity they deserve.
2. Work hard to provide for their families.
Regardless of your relational status, working hard to provide for your household is something all men should do on a daily basis.
1. “That’s someone’s daughter.”
This is something I will always hold dear to my heart. My father has a great way of putting things into perspective for me. He made me realize that every girl in this world is not only someone’s daughter, but also a child of God. I should always treat women the same way I would hope someone to treat my future daughter.
1. I met the woman of my dreams.
I wasn’t going ignore the potential of a beautiful marriage just because I was under the age of twenty-five. Sure, some would agree that twenty-five is pretty young, but I couldn’t let that stop me from pursuing the woman I had imprinted on my heart. I couldn’t help but realize she filled everything I was looking for in a wife. She was kind, generous, selfless, encouraging, positive, beautiful, and had a thriving love for God. She was hands down the most beautiful woman I had ever met, and I was not going to miss the chance to have her as my wife and partner in crime.
1. Only viewing God as your ticket out of hell.
This one will hit home with a lot of people. And while this may come off extremely judgmental, my point is to help encourage you into a deeper relationship with your Creator. God is more than than a get out of hell free card, and our relationship with him should reflect something much deeper than that. Heaven isn’t a place for people who fear hell, but instead a place for people who passionately love God. Don’t make your relationship with God transactional. He’s worth more than anything your mind can fathom. He’s not here just to be personal fire proof.
Today’s culture gives many opinions when it comes to the topic of being a “real man” in today’s world. Our society likes to tell men how “real men” are to dress, act, work, walk, talk, love, and present themselves to the public. As The Church, I believe it is our duty to teach the world what a “real man” is to look like, but I believe even The Church of today has found itself spewing out opinions instead of Biblical truth.
1. “Why are you still single?”
I’m positive this question gets dropped on the daily. And while many individuals might be just trying to start a conversation, the opposing party will usually use this as another opportunity to wallow in their singleness. Be careful when asking someone if they are still single. Although your intentions may be pure, the reminder of being single is not something someone likes to bask in. The word “still” gives off a harmful vibe to the conversation, as if the person is incapable of finding someone special.