All Men Die; Few Men Ever Really LIVE
“The most dangerous man on earth is the man who has reckoned with his own death. All men die; few men ever really live. Sure, you can create a safe life for yourself . . . and end your days in a rest home babbling on about some forgotten misfortune. I’d rather go down swinging. Besides, the less we are trying to “save ourselves,” the more effective a warrior we will be. Listen to G. K. Chesterton on courage:
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. “He that will lose his life, the same shall save it” is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes. It is a piece of everyday advice for sailors or mountaineers. It might be printed in an Alpine guide or a drill book. The paradox is the whole principle of courage; even of quite earthly or quite brutal courage. A man cut off by the sea may save his life if he will risk it on the precipice. He can only get away from death by continually stepping within an inch of it. A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it; he must desire life-like water and yet drink death like wine.”
(Wild at Heart , 169)
(above is a repost by RTP of a daily email devotional from Ransomed Heart Ministries in Colorado Springs, CO)
For more information on the amazing ministry of John Eldridge and his regular Rocky Mountain Bootcamp retreats, blogs, books and resources for men and leaders, please check out their amazing and life changing stuff HERE.
I love the message of Eldridge, his books, his retreats, and his life story…all point us to the recovery of the true self and the understanding of the role God has given us to play in OUR STORY. A recovery of the life God created us to live. Men, we need to wake ourselves and get up, learn to live, learn to fight and learn to defend what God has given so freely for us and our families.
If you find yourself really struggling with lifelessness…things like; apathy, fatigue, cynicism and a growing anger or frustration with your life, your wife, your church and your career… you may just need to take a moment to reset.
If you think it’s time for a RESET, I would encourage you to consider checking out “Wild at Heart” one of John’s first books and consider booking a trip to visit his Bootcamp at a Ransomed Heart weekend mens retreat. I have personally been radically changed by this ministry and believe the entire organization to be healthy and trustworthy for you to seriously consider. At the very least… purchase a book – read the book, attend a boot camp – lean into Jesus… and come alive with a band of brothers that you never knew before!
I DARE YOU!
Peace out RTP,
brad (Disclaimer for readers… RoadTrip Parenting does not receive a dime of compensation or commission from RHM )