I’m reading Wild at Heart, chapters 4 & 5. John is right about so many things.
The enemy strikes at men’s self esteem in order to cripple us. We were made in God’s image and we can be restored into His image. Just imagine the full impact of 1 or 10 or 1 million men who live with the full range and passion and strength that God and Jesus lives with.
For this reason – that we have the potential to greatly impact the WHOLE WORLD – the enemy comes against us. he wounds our identity, wounds our innocence, separates us from the herd and drives us to live alone.
John writes on page 87 ‘My wound tempted me to be a loner, live far from my heart and from others’. John COULD have followed that course in his life – but then he could not have become a man who shares his story, gains the trust of men around the world with his honesty – and then calls them out to live bold & dangerous lives in the calling that God has given them.
Imagine if John had tolerated his wound, nursed it, adjusted to it. There would be no Wild at Heart ministry, no Captivating for women, no call out to you and me.
I also face that desire to shrink back, live a distant life, write my blog posts but not actually engage and passionately fight to others around me. Just stay comfortable. I felt that desire today. It’s a choice to not give in.
But God is saying through John’s book… (page 88) ‘If you want the wound healed and your strength restored and find your true name, you’re going to have to FIGHT for it.
God once challenged me ‘will you fight for her?’ because He didn’t want to give a cherished daughter of His to a man who would not cherish and fight for her. I said yes. I make much more of an effort to pray for her every day now – that she will connect with Him and fulfill her calling in Him.
But I didn’t realize until today that I’d have to take off the gloves and fight for MY heart first! May God give us all the strength to be strong willed enough to break out and be dangerous and passionate, for ourselves and for our partners and then for our kids and other loved ones.
I wrote a related post on my other blog called What God wants for His daughters I hope you take a moment to read it