This is the final summary of the past three years. I believe this quote summarizes and perfectly captures what it is we’re trying to do at ManSchool. This captures community. It captures “Tribe”. It is man battling for man, calling him UP to a higher standard, pushing him towards the Father.
We all have our battles. We’re all beaten down, afraid, unsure and disengaged. But many of us have awakened. The Lord has ignited something – a newness, a freshness of radically seeking after Him. In so doing, we’re finding Life, glorious Life.
Is there still pain, heartache and setbacks? Of course. But there is life. Sweet life.
And we’re engaging in community of men in a way we’ve never done before. We are experiencing “tribe” and the Lord is blessing it…
Many men live shallow lives but deep beneath their surfaces lie grand purposes buried. Every man struggles with sort of a self-dummying down. Day to day lives are the pursuit of the insignificant.
These men are haunted by a desire to search out and find grand purposes.
Those purposes are not absent in you – they are just buried.
Proverbs 20:5 “The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters but a man of understanding draws them out.”
The proverb reminds us of two actions that must take place…
First, every redeemed man must come to understand that he possesses a glory that has been buried, recognizing that he has allowed silt to settle into the deep channels of his soul, turning the depths into shallows.
He needs a settled belief that he is not to remain shallow.
Second, he needs other men. Understanding men who persevere with unfailing love to draw out the hidden glory from the depths of a murky soul.
Men of understanding are rare; few are willing to engage in the tedious and dirty job of dredging. It is worth it. Deep treasures of the soul lie buried under the silt in deep waters.
This is why we do what we do. This community, this tribe is available to you.
But you must act.