Production Values: Introduction

Posted: 2011 06 29 by jmmllr in Discipleship
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In the next couple of days I’ll be posting the first in my series on Spiritual Disciplines. I’ve been intrigued by the discussion (particularly around fasting) that has crept up – and that got me thinking: what is it about this topic that resonates so strongly with Guys? Why are guys drawn at all to Discipline? “Guy movies” promote what Roger Ebert has called a culture of permanent adolescence. Guys are perpetually immature and only settle down because society forces us to. Want proof, check out Hall Pass, Old School or any other movie in that genre. I don’t buy it. I think that guys are capable of more than culture gives us credit for. 

Old School

a LOT more...

Guys are drawn to order. As much as we might like to mix things up, we like to know what to expect more than anything else. It’s about feeling a sense of control. I think it’s a rare guy who is at his core okay with not being in control of the world around him (and if that’s you, then I pray that God would continue to shower you with that gift!) I think it’s a weakness that is in guys – and part of the reason men don’t really care about Church. As someone said once: boys aren’t built to sit still, sing songs, listen to lectures – so why would they go to church? We’re built for two things: work and play. And those movies I mentioned above pick up on this. Men do just enough work to let them have their fun. But I think they take a skewed view on where the balance of the two emerges.

A guys most basic game isn’t much more than running in circles – chasing or being chased. The one who excels is the one best at using his body. But eventually the rules change. Winning no longer depends on being the strongest or the fastest. In our culture the smartest tend to excel. But deep down guys still know the rules of the game we were created to play. Whether the muscle is our brain or our body, we know that continued success requires training. Training requires discipline. Discipline produces results.

Guys, are we not driven by results? Don’t we look for our successes and celebrate them with just a little more enthusiasm than we do even our friends? Why guy doesn’t feel like king of the world when his hard work pays off? We are driven by results. But results are a result of Discipline.

It doesn’t surprise me that guys seem to have picked up on this theme of Spiritual Discipline. Studies routinely show that guys are still asking the big questions. We’re still aware that there is something more than what we see, taste, touch, hear, smell and feel. We know that we are built for more.

The challenge of spiritual disicipline is to be more than the culture says we can be. These values are not girly. They’re brutally tough, and I don’t claim to have them down pat. This is how Paul described it: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

This is manly project. These are our production values.

So grab a spotter and man up!

In Christ,

  1. Bob Balkcom says:

    I’m in.

  2. jelillie says:

    Amen Jared! So many posts by men about men deal with being the warrior king. But we men are not just called to fight, conquer, and rule we are also priests and prophets of the Most High and if we want our conquests, accomplishments and successes to be ordained by God then we need to allow them to be directed by Him. That direction can only ever come through the spiritual disciplines. Most men push these aside as if they were the directions to some do it yourself project. The thing is we can’t rightly do the “projects” of God without these directions no matter how strong or smart we may think we are. You’re right it’s time to “man up”! Thanks for sharing!

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