When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:11, ESV ~
Recovery and spiritual growth requires us men to emancipate ourselves from our childish and adolescent ways. It requires our vision to adjust and see ourselves without judgment, criticism, and condemnation. As children, we only tasted small measures of separateness. Yet, as we physically grow into men, we bring with us those child-like and adolescent ideas of our own experience. This feeds into our toxic and arrogant masculinity – believing ourselves to know all there is to know when it comes to the dilemma’s we face in life. It is the center of our own defiance and rebellion. We assure ourselves: I don’t want anyone to tell me what to do!
This leads us to continue our self-indulgence – lusting for more pleasurable experiences and greater opportunities. Instead, our selfish pride delays our ability to see ourselves for who we truly are.
Yet, when we come to our own spiritual awakening and awareness. Begin our journey in recovery, we start putting off those childish ways. We shed the adolescent attitudes and begin to empower ourselves through Jesus Christ. As men, we truly emancipate ourselves from being isolated and closed off to where we derive freedom and liberation through our masculine vulnerabilities. Our sole claim is the responsibility of seeing to our own sense of joy and happiness and being open and receptive to those around us.
Today, I will empower myself with true masculinity where I am allowing myself freedom to be open and receptive. Shedding the rebellious child and adolescent desires that hold me back.