Throughout scripture we see God using imperfect people for the sake of his mission. I never quite understood why Jesus chose the individuals he did, but I am guessing his reasoning was to further prove the validity of his being. He didn’t call the popular, rich or successful to further his ministry, but rather the, poor, broken and faithful. I can only imagine how confused the Pharisees and religious leaders must have been while looking at the team of people the proclaimed Savior had gathered together.

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Dear Church,

I can’t remember the last time I visited you without a preconceived notion of what you might be like inside. The thoughts of judgment, hate, and hypocrisy all elevate within me as I walk through your doors. And while I understand that you are perfect but your people are not, it sure does suck to be on the receiving end of their imperfections. It burns!

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For all of you are who are single, engaged, dating, or even considering dating, I have one question for you: What does your ideal soul mate look like?

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1. “Crying is not allowed.

2. “Keep your pain to yourself.

3. “Never let others know your weakness.”

These are things we’ve heard throughout life. And while many of us may try to shake off their weight, you’d be surprised to know how many people are haunted by these thoughts on a daily basis.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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