“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ― Howard Thurman
I’ve spent the last 10 years in deep introspect (that’s what everyone does through their 20’s, right?). What makes me… me? What do I like to do? What am I doing just to please others? What does it really mean to be a man? Is my faith my own or just what I’ve been taught? What makes a good husband/father? Some of these questions (as a man) are answered by your father/parents while some are answered through life experience; all of them need to be asked and most need to be answered.
In my journey to discover my masculinity I started to hunt. Do all men need to hunt to be “real men”? No, but I found a part of myself unlocked through those frigid mornings cuddled up next to an old white oak. The time sitting still with no noise except my own breath and the chatter of squirrels became therapeutic. The look on my wife’s face as I stepped in to the carport with blood on my knees made me feel like I could take on the world (note: marry a woman who loves the taste of fresh venison). Hunting made me come alive.
Playing music makes me come alive. There is something special about the way chords resonate in my soul. Playing the guitar helps me express a part of me that words alone cannot relate. The match of guitar and singing often brings me to tears. Playing for a King who loves to relish in His children breaks me to pieces and builds me back up again. I *desire* to play for Him. Now add my wife’s beautiful voice in to the mix and our souls begin to shine.
We need to find those things in life that make us come alive. We need men to stop shuffling through life doing “the right thing” but walking through it with empty eyes. Your wife, children, friends and family deserve more. You deserve more.