As men we could say we have many faults, but none so damaging as not being willing to admit that we are afraid. In Rocky 3, Rocky has been knocked out by Clubber Lang. Apollo comes to train him and help him be a champion again, but something is wrong with Rocky. Finally an exchange on the beach leads to the answer: "I Am Afraid". The movie takes an incredible turn after this. The champion is back and wins!!
Everything changes when Rocky admits he is afraid. Since Adam ate the fruit and hid in the Garden from God, men have been afraid. However, few men ever admit to being afraid. It is not something we see in most movies. When is the last time James Bond was afraid? Was Superman, Spiderman, or the Hulk? The answer is NO, but they are not real either. A REAL man admits he is afraid so that fear can be conquered.
Men who are afraid will turn to laziness, pride, or abandonment. Look around for a moment. How many men are turning to pornography because it is easier than a real relationship? How many men are looking for easy battles to win? Men turn to laziness and look for what is easy because of fear. Or perhaps you are the man who knows it all. You put on a great act when you have no idea. You are afraid people will discover how little you do know so instead of admitting it you become proud. And then there is the worst, abandonment. Men do this by walking out on their family or worse killing themselves and leaving a mess behind. This leaves a path of destruction which carries on to other generations. So what do we do?
Courage. Courage is not the absence of fear rather making a different choice when we are afraid. The Bible is clear that courage comes from the power and presence of Christ. We don't just run across it, but find it in Jesus. Just look at the disciples. They were afraid of everything until the resurrection. After Jesus rose they found courage - why - because Jesus was alive and his power and presence gave them the courage they needed.
Men we need to be courageous. Our family is counting on us being courageous. We need to fight for our family by admitting our fear and being courageous in the power and presence of Christ.
Let's choose courage!!!
Jesus Follower, Husband, Father, and Pastor and trying to keep those in the right order....