Our June 2013 Breakfast saw us guys debate the vexed issue of “why the world needs men”! You can imagine the way the discussion went!
Did you know that women like silent men? The trouble is they mistakenly take this to mean we are listening!
But then one teenage boy was heard to say to his mum, “When I grow up and become a man..” but he was interrupted when his mum said, “Don’t be silly, dear, you cannot do both!”
We may know that women seldom admit to their age – but that is no excuse for men to act their shoe size rather than their ages!
We had a good laugh but reached a serious conclusion. It is not simply that the world needs men – it is more about the SORT of men the world needs! Men of integrity, honesty and purity. Men who are open about their feelings but strong enough to stand up for what they believe.
The old John Wayne “macho man” image does not cut it anymore. Women are stronger, cleverer, more accomplished and accustomed to power and influence in today’s world. They are not going to be impressed by the old chauvinist, macho attitudes of yesterday’s men. The modern man needs to be open, mature and wise – to be pure, strong and, above all, loving. Does that sound too soft? Well, when was it ever easy to love someone else when that love is shown sacrificially and selflessly?
In the Bible, Paul writes to the men of Corinth saying, “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like a man, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”