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God spoke and brought light, order, and life into a world that was empty, formless, and dark. And as his image bearers we’re to continue this mission. This is our duty as generative men.

Being generative simply means having the power to produce or bring into existence.

The easy example is of fathering a child. And while this is certainly noble in it’s own right, this is but one expression of a generative man.

The deeper essence is for us to generate more life and goodness throughout the world around us.

On the home front, this includes being a soul provider and homebuilder. Our families thrive as we intentionally bring blessing and life to them.

At work, we become generative by doing the work that matters. We might even call this sexy work – work that both stirs our passion and makes a lasting impact for good.

We generate goodness also by being generous with our bodies, hearts, and minds – giving our very selves for the good of others.

And often our presence brings the good much more than doing anything in particular. Being confident in who we are, we have no competing agenda, and others are able to rest in our presence – free to be themselves without fear, shame, or judgment.

To be sure, there are countless other ways to become generative.

But whatever it looks like, it’s our duty to generate more life and goodness wherever we see a world in chaos and despair, darkness and strife.

When we merely complain, blame, or passively watch as things deteriorate we’ve neglected our responsibility as divine image bearers.

Follow the example of our Father and use the strength given to you to bring more light, order, and life into the world.

Your generative presence is needed.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024


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