What to do about the noise? Have you noticed the not so subtle increase in the noise of our lives? With everyone carrying a powerful device which gives them access to a universe of music, video, texts, notifications, email, etc., the increase in the amount of stimulation to our brains is remarkable.
Two weeks ago on a Thursday afternoon, I was walked into the Board Room by my boss, and my employment of 6 years was terminated. While this is likely always a surprise, it was all the more unforeseen because in the short seven months I had been at this most recent division
It should come as no surprise that each and every one of us have been wounded at least once, and more than likely many times in our lives. Many of our defining wounds were bestowed on us when we were young, and did not have the emotional maturity to process what was being done or said.
We are all wounded, and as a parent, it is not if we will wound our children, but how bad, and what are we going to do about now that we have a knowledge of how our past dictates our present.
What do we do when as adult men, we discover that we have been wounded by our dads? When I made this discovery many years ago, I had to work through a whole range of emotions. I was angry that my dad missed my heart, and that I did not get the things that I needed from him, or certainly not enough.
We all have a glittering image, that image that we think everyone wants to see, that we try and protect at all costs.
I woke up the other morning and before my feet hit the floor, my heart went in a dozen different directions as my mind filed through the list of things that I had to do that day.
Where do I fit in?
It seems like one of life’s questions. Where do I fit? Where do I belong? Is there a place for me in the game, at the table? We can spend a lot of time working on that question. We need to belong, fit in, be accepted. Our entire advertising industry is built around trying to convince us what we should buy to increase our chances of fitting in.
We often mention spiritual warfare as a category or an assumption under which we operate or see the world. Some men might say they have never had a category for spiritual warfare in their lives. They might say their assumptions about the spiritual life do not include warfare as a reality.
Let’s say you have done the early steps in the forgiveness process and allowed God to heal the effects of the wounding done to you by your father. And further, you have been experiencing the relief of having that weight lifted from you by God’s healing. Good work!