About 60 men gathered this morning to kick off Manschool. We had many new faces in the room which is great. If you asked a man to come, thank you!
Here are the slides from this morning > clear eyes 1
The opportunities before us are enormous. There is vast territory to be claimed for the Kingdom. Everywhere you go today, every person you come into contact with, there is a chance to minister to them and to expose them to Jesus.
But many of us come into this room broken and battered by life. We’ve chased after our own little gods and we’re now paying the price.
The good news is there is redemption. The good news is there is restoration. That man you once dreamed to be is still there. He can be recovered. The real you, the true you, the one the Father dreamed into existence – he’s still in there… awaiting to be awakened.
This season we’re going to be talking about “Clear eyes, full hearts. Can’t lose”. That is to be men with clear eyes about this life. A clear understanding about the realities of our brokenness, the challenges we face and how the enemy comes after us. We’ll have a frank conversation about death and the timeline of our lives. Lastly, we’ll develop a clarity of our calling – to become a man with a clear vision of his calling and his purpose for life.
Once we have clear eyes, we can move into a life of a full heart. We can learn to love sacrificially. We can leave nothing on the field of life. By no longer trying to “hold onto everything” we can learn to love fully. As a man committed to his faith, a man unashamedly “in love” with Jesus, we have no reason to fear death. By not fearing death, we can live this life abundantly.
A man with clear eyes and a full heart … cannot lose. We’re going to learn how and why.
Today, we heard the stories of three coaches (two real, one fictional) – men of clear vision, clarity of purpose living with full hearts. If you know your calling, know your purpose you can live from the inside out, not easily distracted by the things that don’t matter. I showed the clip from Friday Night Lights where Coach Taylor got Smash Williams a tryout at Texas A&M. Right before he stepped in to tryout, Coach looked at him and said, “Right here, right now, God has placed you here to do what you do best.”
That is our call men – that today and everyday, I will step out of bed to go about my day in the role I presently have, being the best man I can be to bring Glory to God. That today, I will leave nothing on the field. I will love patiently. I will speak to everyone I encounter with a smile. That I will honor those people that are providing services to me – validating them for the job they’re doing. That I will look for that one person today that God has put in my way to show them His love.
“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:1