Acting Like A Man
This is Part Four of a four part series called “When I Became A Man“.
There’s a way that a child acts. There’s a way that a man acts.
When I became a man…
I gave up avoiding responsibility and started taking responsibility.
I gave up procrastination and started acting quickly.
I gave up passivity and acted aggressively.
I gave up just accepting responsibility and started taking responsibility.
I gave up cowardice and started acting courageously.
I gave up laziness, got a job, and starting working hard.
I gave up living with Mom & Dad, left, and got my own place.
I gave up giving up and started persevering to the end.
I gave up just criticizing problems and started contributing to solutions.
I gave up being a consumer and started becoming a producer.
I gave up making things worse and started making things better.
I gave up aimlessness and started going after a vision.
I gave up finding adventure in sports, entertainment, & video games and started living my life as an adventure.
I gave up watching and started participating.
I gave up living with Mom & Dad and left and pursued a wife.
I gave up waiting for a woman to pursue me and started pursuing a woman to be my wife.
I gave up dating and started looking for a wife.
I gave up taking from women and started giving to women.
I gave up having sex with women who weren’t my wife and got married.
I gave up disrespecting women and started opening doors for them.
I gave up using my strength to hurt women and started using my strength to help and protect.
I gave up porn and pursued a real relationship with a real woman.
I gave up treating women like sex objects and started treating them like sisters.
I gave up going to a woman to get strength and started going to a woman to give my strength.
I gave up worshipping women and started worshipping God.
I gave up selfish flirting and started selfless giving.
I gave up doing nothing about male violence towards women and started confronting other men and protecting women.
I gave up idleness and started fighting for causes bigger than myself.
I gave up selfishness and started saving my wife’s day.
I gave up playing house and made a home.
I gave up following my wife and started leading my wife.
I gave up watching other men pastor my wife and kids and I started pastoring my wife and kids.
I gave up hating my children and started disciplining them.
I gave up acting like a child and started acting like a man.
(Image Credit: The Field Museum Library)
About Josh Christophersen
Josh is a software engineer, church planter, and blogger with a passion for helping people do their life well. He lives in KC with his wife and 7 kids.