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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Dear Colleagues,

WARRIORS OR WHIMPS?

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Today, they would have labeled me A.D.D., + or hyper-active. And they probably would have drugged me to tame my wild spirit. In the third grade sitting quietly in a classroom or riding in a vehicle for more than seven minutes was pure torture. Once home from school, it was cowboys and Indians until I dropped, or racing my horse bareback at breakneck speed (age 8!) across the desert and down country roads. Its called boyhood. And its the way God created young warriors-in-the-making.

Because boys like my three grandsons are endowed with warrior hearts, they play with big red jumbo trucks, and cant get enough of G. I. Joe, swords, and wrestling. But in our vanilla, lily white, no-risk society, we tend not to nurture our sons to become tender warriors, heroes, risk-takers, or the noble head of their family. Rather than recognizing, releasing, and channeling their warrior spirit, we often squelch it by conditioning them to act "nice", conform, fit in, and become politically correct, pleasant, gender-neutral persons. Yet God put a warriors heart into Adam, and then commissioned him to conquer the earth. (Gen.1:28-30; 2:19,20) So men, its ok to dream about conquering and achieving something big or great. Its an Adam thing! Imagine the warrior spirit in David and his fighting men. Are we producing warriors of this caliber today? Would men with their spirit even be allowed to function today in our society? Get this:

– "Josheb-Basshebeth raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter"

– "Eleazarstood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword"

– "Abishairaised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed"

(2 Sam. 23:8,9,18).

So what is the most noble role that you as a true warrior can play today? For starters, consider,

#1 Serving as the family provider:

"If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." (I Tim. 5:8) Which, by the way releases your spouse to focus primarily on her domestic calling and responsibilities as a wife and mother ("train the younger womento be busy at home" (literally "domestically inclined") [Titus 2:5b]). (Consider Pro. 31:10-31)

#2 Serving as the leader of the clan:

"He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respectFor the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church"(I Tim. 3:4; Eph 5:23a)

#3 Serving as the family protector:

To shield the family from danger; teach them how to cope with life; be available to family members; defend your wife and her honor.

#4 Serving as the spiritual leader of the family:

To build the Scriptures into your childrens lives. (See Deut 6:6-9; 11:18-21; 32:46; Pro. 4:1-4) To teach them the fundamentals of the faith. To insure they become integrated into the Body of Christ.++

QUESTION

: Are you warrior enough to fulfill your God-ordained role as the Biblical head of your home?

+ A.D.D. Attention Deficit Disorder; ++ Adapted from "Bringing up Boys", Dr. James Dobson, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, Wheaton, IL Pages 70, 71; The "Facts of the Matter" is also available through the Internet:http://www.factsofthematter.org

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