From guest blogger, Micah Williamson, who is helping to coordinate the upcoming Stepping Up event on February 1 @ Crosspoint.
Have you ever given thought to how you’re perceived as a man? I’m not talking about how much you can bench, how big your beard is or how many guns you have. I’m talking about if people in your life (those that matter) see you as a ‘Man of God’ who is leaving a legacy they can be proud of.
On Saturday February 1st, Crosspoint will be hosting a Men’s video event called “Stepping Up– A Call to Courageous Manhood”. During this one day event from Family Life, Dennis Rainey, Matt Chandler, Robert Lewis, Voddie Baucham, Tony Dungy, Mark Driscoll, Crawford Loritts, and others unpack biblical manhood and what it means to be a godly, courageous man in today’s world. They challenge men to step up, to reach back to younger generations in discipleship, and to point to the future through a personal legacy.
Usually, when we promote a men’s event, the default reaction is to assume that it’s for other guys who are a mess. Those who “Need it” (like when you hear that a couple is going to a marriage conference and you automatically assume ‘Oh, I didn’t know their marriage was falling apart’). While this is definitely for those of us that did not have a strong example of a Man in our upbringing, this event is really for every man at Crosspoint.
To the young (younger) men; Be humble enough to realize that you will someday be called to lead in a godly way. Proverbs 7:1 “Follow my advice, my son; always treasure my commands.” Maybe in your family, maybe at work, maybe throughout life. Understand your need for a mentor. No one is a natural at this. Hear what others are saying and pleading for you not to make the same mistakes and live with a higher standard than what culture sets for you.
Fo the older (experienced) men. Maybe you’re saying, “I got this”, “I’m doing OK”, or even: “I went to the Act Like Men conference a few months ago”. Well, we most DEFINITELY need you here. We need men further down the path to just be available to give insight and understanding to what it means to be a man who chooses to Step Up. 1 Peter 5:2 “Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.” And Titus 2:6 “In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely.” Be that man that others look to for godly guidance, example and standard.
It will cost you $10 and a day of your time. But you’ll get: breakfast, lunch, a book, new camaraderie, maybe a door-prize, and a plan for courageous godly manhood. Be willing to know that you not alone and understand that there are those looking and needing you to STEP UP.