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One for My Dudes

There are tons of traps, pitfalls, and schemes in our world, especially for us fellas, particularly us youngens, as the old folks call us. There is the theft trap, the alcohol trap, the approval trap, the club trap, the weed trap, the sex trap, the porn trap, the lying trap, the trap trap, and so many more. We see other people fall into these traps all the time and I'm sure I'm not the first to realize that these traps lead to worlds of regret, pain, shame, prison, and sometimes even funerals.

It's real for us dudes because if a man is ever stripped or deprived from his purpose and future, his and countless other lives are affected. What's worse is we never know whose looking up to us. Once you hit your teens you involuntarily become a role model for some young dude who wants to be just like you.

The man alone represents strength and protection. Any great movement ever taken place throughout the ages has required the participation of a man to some degree. Youth represents passion, ambition, and enthusiasm. Knowing this, a young man who even realizes a hint of his potential is capable of becoming an unstoppable force of effective and meaningful impact.

Psalm 119:9 gives the clearest and most simplistic instructions for us fellas. Taking heed, or caution and regards to the Word of God, the Bible, is the foolproof way to becoming that trendsetter and trailblazer that we are so capable of becoming. This means no matter what our pasts look like the Word of God provides the wisdom and guidance to reverse the pattern of shame and regret that used to characterize us.

Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 then tells us to rejoice and celebrate. It means that as young men we are free to pursue our dreams, goals, and aspirations, right now. We are free to explore, venture, learn, give, share, invest, and fight for what we know is right. Words like "rejoice," "let your heart cheer you," "walk in the ways of your heart and in the sight of your eyes," paint the imagery of life, cheer, joy, and delight. When the writer mentions "vanity," he's not speaking of youth as a bad thing. It echoes the latter part of Psalm 119:9, that in all of our youthful pursuits, we are to always be mindful of the Word of God.

When the verse states "... For childhood and youth are vanity," it is calling the state of youthful thinking as vanity, or hollow. So young people who reject correction, reproof, warning, and are rebellious are those who are operating in vanity. This means the rebellion, disobedience, and often times stupidity, that defined the teenage years and 20's of so many generations before us (and likely after us), is vanity. The close-minded, tunnel-visioned, know-it-all attitudes of these young people is vanity.

We're all guilty of such vanity, but the good news is the vanity can be overrriden with obedience to the Word of God. Psalm 119:9 provides the solution for those of us who want to avoid years of setbacks, regrets, and the pitfalls that have decieved so many before us.

Age ain't nuthin' but a number... In terms of maturity. You can be 15,20,25,30, etc. and yet more mature than 40-50-even 60 somethings in the Word of God and in life, if you keep the Word of God in your heart and live by it. 

You can be that young dude who walks in faith and obedience. You can be a model of integrity, diligence, boldness, courage, wisdom, and fearlessness that causes others to raise their brows realizing there's something a little different about you. That bright young man who keeps his hands clean from trouble and stupidity. The dude who's fruitful, productive, and dependable everywhere he goes whether it's school, work, in the community, and at church. The dude whose intellect is beyond his years. The guy who loves life, people, and God more than anything.You can be that role model that parents tell their little guys to pay attention to and exemplify. That fella who knows that words like "can't," and "impossible," only apply to those who are weak enough to believe they exist.

Check out Proverbs 16:7 and Psalm 112.

Stay strong fellas, we're in this together.

God Bless

"Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding..."
Proverbs 17:24


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