When you hear the word man, what is the first thing that comes to mind? is it someone who is brave, passionate, loyal, loving? Or is it a liar, a cheater, an abuser, or someone who you can never depend on?

It seems to me that in this day and age more and more people would probably relate to the second description. The question is why? What has happened to the ‘man’ of old, who is depicted in movies as  the hero, always willing to do whatever it takes to protect his family?

As men, perhaps our standards have changed.  We seem to see the world in a different way. We no longer have the desire to be the head of our household, the pillar of strength or the faithful husband. We now care more about who we are, and what we can get out of a situation. If we find ourselves in a situation we don’t like, we just walk away. Women have become objects of pleasure, instead of prized possessions. Everything is expendable and the only thing that seems to matter is the perception of our friends.  It is all about us.

This is not who we were designed to be.

I came across this video that tackles the topic of what it means to be a man.  I really think that it will challenge your view point of this new standard we have become accustomed to…

I’m at the threshold of becoming a man
And like Peter Pan I turn around and I run
Not because I want to be a boy forever
But because of what being a man has become
Somewhere along the road we lost the definition
We need to break tradition
U-turn and transition to a road less traveled
Cause I look around at the world and I’m baffled
About all these examples that are on display
Preaching morals that bring decay
Why are there so many children being raised by single women
Since when did being a man mean neglecting your responsibility
And thinking up clever messages as excuses for promiscuity
Throwing away everything for the touch of a mistress
Leaving their kids eyes full of tears on Christmas
Cause a dad was the only thing they had on their wish list
We’ve gotten off track by some distance
Cause getting a girl pregnant doesn’t make you a father
You need to be there and be the first love of your daughter
Set a good example to your son
Instill good character that can’t be undone
Why have we degraded women down to objects of pleasure
Like broken hearts are the currency we are going to use to measure our manhood
We’re just boys in disguise
Constantly chasing different lies
Like step on every and anyone to get the office in the sky
Cause at the end of the day
It’s just me, myself, and I
But the greatest man to ever live gave up his life
And we’re just standing by, letting chivalry die
With these preset standards, I can no longer comply

I want to be someone people can rely upon
I want to be strong and have a shoulder for people to cry upon
Give my all in trying times
Stand firm in changing tides
Put others above myself
Not conform to the world but seek eternal wealth
Be able to make tough decisions and do the right thing when not in peoples vision
Be able to admit when I’m wrong without delay
Say I’m sorry and realize the promise that I just made
Its time to make a change
Unlock the worlds chains and make a stand
A new Neverland
Full of Godly men who serve, protect, value, love, and respect women

What I love about this video is that it reminds me that that greatest man to have ever lived died for me and that if I want to be anything like him, then I need to make a choice to follow in his footsteps.   To become someone who will serve, protect, value and love women. This man is no stranger to us, in fact He knew us before we were even born. That man’s name is Jesus.

As men, lets make a choice to pioneer a new standard. A Godly standard.  A standard of true strength.  It won’t always be easy, but we don’t have to do it on our own. We have the power to change the way the world look at men.

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