We’ve been trying to come up with a name for our men’s Bible study that meets in my garage on Thursday nights. Some mentioned “Testosterone Night” and “Men’s Night Out,” but I think we’re going with the “Manly Man Bible Study.” All that matters is that 15 to 18 men show up on Thursday nights wanting to figure out how to become better Christian men and fathers.
Last night’s study was a good one on how men deal with lust. We studied about Joseph (who was successful at overcoming temptation) and Samson (who failed when it came to lust). It was a tough and touchy topic for men, but very relevant. I had worried about some of the guys skipping out on this subject, so for fun I had challenged them to bring something for show-and-tell. The homework assignment was to bring something with them that represented manhood, manliness or made them feel like a man. My only rule was that they had to keep it rated at least PG-13 in nature. All I can say is that I’m glad I made the rule because the testosterone was thick in the garage last night.
A few of the things that showed up for show-and-tell were heavy equipment like a skid loader and a bulldozer, a garden hoe, pictures of kids and family, an iPhone, a jock strap, fishing pole, weights and the others things I can’t mention here. Each man got up and talked about what it means to be a man to them. When we were through we voted on who had the best show-and-tell item. The man that won had talked about a picture that his young son had drawn at school. It said on the picture, “I love God and I love Jesus.” He went on to explain that his son drew that picture because they had recently started going to church again after a long layoff. He was proud of once again being the spiritual leader in his home. I was a little choked up and thought, “Now that’s a real manly man.” We all voted, and he won the prize of a new bible for his show-and-tell item.
Next week’s homework assignment is to do something romantic for your wife, but it cannot be or lead to anything sexual in nature. I’m already anxious to hear about next week’s homework assignment.
Here are a few pictures of men presenting their manly show-and-tell item.
QUESTION … we need your help. Can you give me (and a few other of the men readers) some suggestions on ways to be romantic this week?