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

2 thoughts on “Right here, right now…

  1. Hello Richard,
    Just got back in Savannah from spending almost three months in Lima, Peru. The early part of it with family visiting Machu Picchu, afterwards just spending time w two special cousins and taking care of my aging uncle and aunts. Visiting them was like going to old people’s home where all you can do is practice the ministry of presence. Having meals with them, taking at least one of them to dr’s appointments, and getting the needed medicine.
    I had the blessing of meeting my cousin’s husband family and they are very involved in church. One of the sisters is married to the pastor, and although they just celebrated their 11th year anniversary, still a small evangelical church of approximately 60 members mostly women.
    As I was reading your notes on the goals for this coming Men’s school, “ 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)
    I couldn’t help relating with a topic I have been studying lately and that is joy, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭14:17‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    https://www.bible.com/111/rom.14.17.niv
    I had the blessing of being able to witness to Javier, my cousin’s hubby. The culture in Lima still very machista, he had never seen or met a man outside of the pastor talk about Jesus that openly, in a cafe for that matter.
    Eating and drinking! Gee…
    God only knows I enjoyed eating lots of Peruvian bbq chicken and consumed plenty of Inka Cola. With 13 million people, life can be a little crowded to say the least, but I managed to enjoy a little bit of solitude when I would return home from visiting my folks. (1 hour and a half commuting by bus) Listening to Christian music and going over the day’s experiences, praying in silence, and mostly being thankful for the opportunity to try to make a difference wherever I went. I can not tell you how much I have experienced his peace and joy that Romans 14:17 talks about, and this is the reason why I’m writing all this.
    I may be random at writing, and, or connecting with my group, but all those meetings and open talks and confessions we had on and off season have created a solid foundation for me spiritually, strong in conviction, understanding the evils of this world. But It’s not until you step out of Milgen Room, and literally hit the streets, that you realize how being with brothers at ManSchool is equipping you worthy of your calling.
    I will return again to check on my family in Dec, as more drs appointments will be needed I’m sure. I have committed already to help this small church (Iglesia Del Dios Viviente-Church of the Living God) in a mini- mission trip to the high Andes of Peru. Not sure if God is calling me to the deep end of the river, but it looks promising. A strong southern brotherly hug to y’all.
    May God always bless CCC, May God bless you Richard, your dear family, and all the men that come to hear God’s word every Wednesday.
    Love you brother!

    • Oscar this is so beautiful, so encouraging. Thank you for sharing and for being willing to share your faith “wherever you go”. I will share this with our men one Wednesday soon. Much of what we talked about this week was living outside of self and living sacrificially in love towards others. Bless you as go and do this my friend. I will assure you, you are deeply missed at Manschool. But … Go…

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