Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and give up your sins--even those you do in secret. Then you won’t be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless - Job 11:13-15 CEV
My sons and I are big fans of the Marvel franchise. We eagerly await for the release of each of the movies and plan the date for when will we go and watch it together. For Trey and Connor, each of the characters in the movie are all "superheroes" and are to be admired and respected for their strength and their ability to obliterate the bad guys. In their minds, these characters represent all of what a "tough" guy should be. They never give in to their enemies and surrender is not in their vocabulary.
Why do we as men, for the most part, buy into the image the Hollywood projects as how males should act? We are not supposed to give in because in doing so, we expose ourselves as weak. I beg to differ. It takes courage to admit that you may have made a mistake and face the reality that there is another path that you should take. I am reminded of this when I attended the local college right out of high school. I knew in my mind that there was a better way and I should look at other opportunities, but I had to too much pride to act on it. It was far to difficult to surrender to my pride and make a change. It was only when a good friend of my mind made the first move and transferred to a college in another city did I finally surrender to my pride and start the process to change. Men, how often do we act similarly to how I did? Why do we find it difficult to surrender to things? Some of the things that we may need to surrender to can be destructive habits such as lust, pornography, greed, or pride to name a few. It is only when we surrender and know that we can't do it alone, that we can bring about change. I know that it's hard and requires discipline and prayer, but it can be done. If we do as the above scripture states, it's amazing the catharsis and freedom that you will experience when you raise the white flag.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.