Monday, October 27, 2008

What a Godly Man Should Look Like by Kathy Gruben

"I would use these words to describe this wonderful man of virtue....

Noble, chivalrous, courageous, fun, true, wise, loyal, passionate, protector, gentle, humble, strong, self-sacrificial, adventurous, patient, loving, kind, serving, intelligent, polite, family centered, lover of truth, steeped in the Word of God, prayerful and hospitable.

These are not the kind of guys that you always notice first in a crowd. But they are the ones that you admire most once you do notice them. They are the ones who go to the person sitting on the side of the church looking left out, and shake hands with a smile. They are the ones that you will find at home instead of in youth group. You will see them sitting with their folks rather than passing notes in the back of church with their friends. You will find them helping in the kitchen or taking out the trash, walking the ladies to their cars and carrying diaper bags even if they don't belong to them.

You'll find them with other guys, in deep discussions about theology, worldview philosophies, politics, and books rather than just talking about the latest football games, computer games and girls. Yet, they can converse on these topics too when needed :- ) . These are the guys who walk on the outside of the sidewalk to protect the lady whom they might be with, and are always watching for ways to take care of her as a sister. When looking for a mate, they want the one who is at home (or wants to be) and "hangs out" with her mom and siblings more than her buddies.

They love a good time, but it usually entails sword fighting, ultimate Frisbee, board games, hiking, touch football, night tag, water balloon fights and G rated movies rather than sports teams, dancing at the bar or movies with violence and sex-who cares if they are in their 20's! A big night on the town includes taking the siblings to the grocery store, the library or out for miniature golf. They are passionate about the things of God and they do not bend on their convictions, no matter what others may say or do. They don't care that some might see them as "goody-goody" or strange for not dating or for spending so much time with their family-they are proud of it!

You might see them on the road at 6:30am rushing to get to a 7:00am catechism class, even though no one is making him go. You will find them in family worship, singing or playing the piano, teaching God's word to his family or sitting at his fathers feet. They write marvelous heart felt letters of encouragement when needed and yet might not say too much by way of personal stuff to many. They keep confidences. You might easily see him with a crowd of little ones about him as he helps to teach them something or play with them. He will watch an old movie and play cards with his siblings or parents ,even when he would rather be playing "Stronghold Crusader" on his laptop.

He would give up his very life for his savior, his ideals and his family. He makes ice cream floats of all kinds-even strange concoctions- and gives his mom tea in bed. He bakes birthday cakes for his friends with his sister's recipes. He learns follow a recipe and make things in the crock-pot because he wants to be able to at least take care of his wife when the baby comes. You are likely to find him under a car, on top of a roof, mowing a lawn, mending the fence, writing a book, working the night shift to help the family-anywhere that will require hard work, initiative and drive-but not for his own sake.

They are so admired and dearly loved by their families because they are an indispensable source of joy and encouragement, strength of character and servitude. They are never truly independent, because they have come to that wonderful place in the Christian life where they realize, that they must be dependent on God alone in His sovereignty, and the people that He has placed in his life.

Therefore, he is a true man's man. A giant. One to look up to. A hero. A leader among his peers. Strong, steady, dependable and one that you could place your life and the lives of your children into his capable and loving hands-with no regrets or fears."

Kathy Gruben 2006

HT: Just for Young Ladies

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

'Wag Muna

I spent two wonderful days (Friday and Monday) at the True Love Waits Philippines office in Ortigas.

Friday was my training. I sat down with the staff and they told me about the cause: their mission, their purpose. They asked me a few questions, and I did my best to answer, but I flunked in the definition of love (without using the Bible).

Monday was the interview with a contributor of Meg magazine. 'Wag Muna (TLW Phil.) is not about the consequences of rash choices. Of course, for every mistake, there will always be the consequence, but it's not just about that. For every good choice made, there are blessings that follow, and one of them is the joy of serving the Lord wholeheartedly, and the joy of keeping your mind, heart, and body pure.

And that's what I've commited to do. I've commited to not awaken love till the time is right (Song of Solomon 2:7). I've committed to stay pure. I've committed to wait. And in the process of that, I've committed to serving God wholly.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Death of a Rebelutionary

Emily Joy Stauffer, 14, a fellow rebelutionary from Alberta, Canada was murdered last September 27 while taking a walk late afternoon.

I don't know Emily Joy Stauffer personally but the song of her life is resounding even if she is no longer with us. Fourteen years may be short-lived but not for Emily. While here on earth, she lived an exemplary life that encouraged and gave joy to others. Many are grieved at her loss but it is her family who grieves the most at the loss of a precious daughter and sister.

The funeral for Emily will be held on October 3, Friday, 11am at Yellowhead Koinonia Christian School in Edson, Alberta.

Pray for the Stauffer family as they bear Emily's loss. Pray also that the culprit be caught and justice be made for her death.

Let the Stauffer family also know how much Emily is loved and grieved for.
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