"So don't worry about these things, saying 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? These things dominate the thoughts of the unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need."
So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring it's own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today." Mathew 6 31-34.
Reading these words and applying them to today, I cant help but think about how difficult it is to do this! Being a father of 3 only compounds the apprehension of today AND tomorrow. As a parent and a husband, it is my duty to ensure that my family's needs are protected. Not only the material needs, but the spiritual needs. Those spiritual, theological needs are just as, if not more important. I am not being misogynistic, I am speaking about the duty of a man that is expected by God. We are to be the protectors of the weak, the tired, and the destitute. This is not to say that a woman may not be thrust into this position. The point is that this is in a mans DNA, we were created to complete this mission set. The world of today has made one think that the patriarchy is the antagonist, that the patriarchy is the plague of modern life. THIS IS A LIE. I would be the first one to stand up as a voice for a woman that was being unfairly treated, but guess what, I'd do it for another man. You see, it is important for men to remain masculine, not toxically so, but righteously so. A man should be a voice against the illogical, the treacherous, the evil in this world. If you are a follower of Christ and truly believe in the words written in red, it is your duty to critically think about the issue at hand, create a plan, and act. Use the Bible as a compass to guide you to your answer, execute your plan with dignity and grace. Believe me, I consistently make mistakes in life, sometimes my emotion gets the best of me. I still work to be a better human, father, husband, and friend.
When I was a young man in the infantry, I was wild. I was misplaced, misdirected and unaware of my actions. I wanted to learn my craft, and I did, but that was the only focus. I didn't respect myself enough to give God enough of a place in my life. I was a nonchalant Christian. Even under the rigors of war, direct engagements, I was a bandwagon Christian. Later on in life, I decided to walk away from Christ. Because of the position I had thrust myself into, the inability to see how destructive I was to myself and my loved ones, I lost a great deal. If we fast forward 8 years, guess who was still waiting for me? Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ never left my side, He gave me the choice make my own decision. At one point I walked away, BUT I CHOSE TO COME BACK. I made that decision, I said "Jesus Christ is my Savior, God is my Master!!" God still gives me the choice to choose freely, and I choose Christ every day. I choose to live the most righteous life I can. I choose to tell others of the great impact He has had on me. I choose to follow His word. This leads me to where I am now. I have made my choice to stand for others, I have made my choice to live for my convictions, I choose to pillar myself for freedom. We have a short life on this earth, what we do here leads us to everlasting life. Life on earth is the womb, death is birth in to glorious life everlasting with the Father. It's what I do now while living in God's creation that lends to my "after" life. I wholly believe that my freedom was bestowed on me by my creator. I wholly believe that the founding of this great nation was based on a rich full life of freedom by God through the founding fathers. I have taken an oath multiple time to the Constitution of the United Stated, and that oath stand prominently. For God, family, and country is my maxim and endures in my heart. I will not concede.