Focusing on men and their struggles and challenges in life is really enlightening. I think it’s important to at least broach these subjects to get a feeling for how another person feels in life. If our perspective is only from our limited point of view, then how will we ever come close to understanding each other. Men’s struggles are real…AND they are different in a lot of ways from women’s. We’re wired differently, created by God with our own strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies…we just need to be better about owning our struggles and then working toward surrendering them to God.
Perhaps one of the reasons it’s so important to talk about men’s struggles is because of the sons and grandsons that many of us have. How often do we open the door to discussions with them on their struggles? I have a 12-year old grandson, for goodness sake, and I know, however precious he is to me…he will be tempted, if he hasn’t already been, by easily available images on his phone or computer. Just the other day at my house, he was trying to type in YouTube to watch a video on my laptop, and he accidentally typed in just the word “you”, and a screen came up asking if he wanted to see pornography. On my laptop! In my home! Fortunately, we were together in my kitchen, and he showed it to me not understanding why that happened. But what if he had been alone in his room at his house…would he have clicked on something out of curiosity? I don’t know. I pray not. But I’ve read enough to know that boys are tempted by graphic images, and it’s a battle or struggle to resist that. And it’s a battle for every man in our lives.
We need to be praying for our guys, encouraging them in their walk with the Lord, and even finding ways to hold them accountable, to make these struggles easier to manage. I certainly don’t have all the answers. But God does. Submitting our will to His whether we’re men or women is paramount to living a pure, abundant life in Christ. Total surrender. Total recognition of our sinful nature, and then living a sacrificial obedient life for Jesus, rather than for ourselves. Struggles, yes, they’re real, but with God all things are possible.