Stepping up in the Valley

What does manhood look like in the valley of difficulty, trial, loss, and death? Dennis Rainey, in his book Stepping Up: A Courageous Call to Manhood, discusses seven days of sorrow, as one of his daughters had a child who died seven days later. He highlights some truths he learned in dealing with this difficulty:

  • In order for a man to be courageous, he must know the truth about who God is. Courage that overcomes fear comes from convictions, and convictions about life and death come from the truth of Scripture.
  • The easiest thing for a man to do in a devastating crisis is to move into denial and do nothing.
  • Another good man standing alongside you will help you be courageous when journeying through the valley…
  • It takes repeated acts of courage for a man to truly face and process his emotions… Pleasure and pain were both meant to be experienced by men. For me, that took courage.
  • A man is no less courageous if faced with a situation that he can’t fix and about which he doesn’t know what to do, but cries out to God in prayer, “Help me, God!”
  • A man can have doubts and still step up.
  • A man doesn’t have to understand all of God’s purposes to step up and be His man.

Men, this is sage advice to file away, because courage will be demanded of you at a point in your life (possibly more than once), and the question will be, Are you ready to be a godly man who steps up courageously? Lord willing, you will be.


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