Weak isn’t the same thing as wimpy.
American culture would say otherwise; especially for men.
You aren’t allowed to show weakness.
To make matters worse we’ve taken to inferring weakness from normal human emotions. If you get hurt, you must be weak. If you cry, you must be weak.
Everyday life struggles are taken as a sign of weakness for the men enduring them.
Your marriage is struggling: you must be weak.
You lost your job: weak.
You’re not making enough money: weak.
Can’t send your kids to private school, take the family on vacation, have the “right” car & house, or solve world hunger…
Weak, weak, weak!
Yes, by this fallen world’s definition it may be true. But we live by a greater standard.
One that requires recognition of true weakness and ultimately shows our God strong in us.
“we’ve taken to inferring weakness from normal human emotions”
You’ll never be able to provide enough… because you aren’t the Provider.
You’ll never love your wife enough… but you can point her to the One who does.
You’ll never be void of negative emotion… and that’s a good thing because God hears the prayers of the broken.
So men, will you be our confidently weak heroes?
We don’t need you to be strong. We need you to be real so you become strong.
We need your leadership as broken, humble men who rely on Jesus; not as pompous, “self-made” fakes.
We need to walk alongside each other as husbands & wives, brothers & sisters, mothers & sons, fathers & daughters who know our failings and choose to bare them that God may be glorified instead of our egos.
Here’s to all the real heroes out there! May God strengthen you in your submission to Him.
We honor you for choosing humility amidst a world full of pride.