Life will take us out if we try to go at it alone. We are stronger together. We need other men in our life to become all that God has for us.
This is something we intuitively get when we play on a team or work for an organization.
Others push and refine us. They may even frustrate us and make us question – forcing us to reflect and dig deeper into ourselves. But in the end, even when it is messy, we are better men because of these relationships.
However, it seems we struggle to bring this same mindset into our personal life and friendships.
Here we tend to live under the assumption that we do not need other men in our life. Sure, male friends were nice when we were in school or the military, but it’s a luxury we simply don’t have time for today.
While we have been rightly encouraged to make our wife and families a priority, this has unfortunately led many men to neglect their friendships with each other.
We then look to our wives to meet the totality of our emotional and relational needs, a burden that is not fair to ask of her.
As iron sharpens iron, men strengthen each other. We are revitalized in each other’s presence.
And this is a luxury we cannot afford to neglect.
In order to keep showing up and offering the best of our strength to our work, our marriages, and our families, we must have regular doses of masculine community.
Certainly, we need the presence of the feminine in our lives as well, but this does not replace our need to connect deeply with other men.
Our work, life, and relationships all suffer when we try to go at it alone, apart from other respected men.
We are stronger together.
Find other men and live strong.