From Red Green to the Man in the Mirror: A REAL Man’s Journey

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You may have never heard of the Red Green show, it was a PBS thing a few years ago, OK it’s been almost 20 years don’t be judging me. 🙂  The premise is this: Red Green is a handyman who tries to find shortcuts to most of his projects, trusting  his work to duct tape (which he calls “the handyman’s secret weapon”) and other non-traditional methods. A man, his roll of tape, and a boatload of stereotypes that we unfortunately fit very well into at times

Now I think we all like to poke fun at ourselves sometimes, heck, I am a walking, living, breathing parody of a neanderthal most of the time. In my search for Red Green info, I find that the live show is still going strong, check it out HERE! And a seriously funny sample of Red Green’s “work” can be found HERE!

At the end of every show they would recite The Man’s Prayer: “I’m a man, but I can change, if I have to, I guess.”  This eventually morphed to another equally resigned and anemic prayer that declared: “I’m a man, but I changed, because I had to. Oh well.”

I remember laughing, and agreeing with it, as humor always has some truth. Uh-OH!!! Here comes the BUT! Yep, there is also sadness and a lack of conviction in this philosophy men have adopted as their credo. Whether overtly or covertly its easy to fall into what is expected of us as men. We can be selfish, lazy, secretive, uncaring, emotionally absent, and a few other things. This is not to say we posses all those attributes and practice them exclusively, but it sure is easy to fulfill what has been preordained by generations of genetics.

Change isn’t easy and it probably won’t be painless either, to breakthrough these lowly expectations can be difficult. We need to be sensitive and open, listening and caring, helping and understanding, and lay down the defenses that have been erected by the Cro-magnon man in us. Much of this is accomplished by taking the time to be honest with ourselves, analyze our attitudes and recognize the walls we’ve constructed in our little kingdoms. Lets take a moment and look outside of our own motives and desires and see something larger. Men, we have an amazing ability to affect change that we often can’t, don’t, or haven’t taken advantage of. Whether we are sitting in our ivory tower of success or wallowing in another stunning defeat, it ‘aint over! The Bible is full of people who thought it was over until God came on the scene.

Abraham and Sarah, Moses, and Job…they all saw a presumed finality at a crucial point of their lives. They all had obstacles that seemed to be insurmountable, and yet our amazing God destroyed the limits of their thinking.

We are content with a life that is so much less than what God desires for us, because our desires are for us, and not for God.

I am looking in the mirror again today and realizing there is change needed. No, I don’t have to change, neither is anyone forcing me to, but I don’t want to stay the same! I can realize who I am, throw my hands up in frustration and accept what is and today will be no different than yesterday.

James 1:22-24 (TLB) 

And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. So don’t fool yourselves. For if a person just listens and doesn’t obey, he is like a man looking at his face in a mirroras soon as he walks away, he can’t see himself anymore or remember what he looks like.

I want to reflect God to everyone I come in contact with. That means when I look in the mirror, I reflect the character and love of the Father.

Corinthians 3:17-18Living Bible (TLB)

The Lord is the Spirit who gives them life, and where he is there is freedom from trying to be saved by keeping the laws of God. But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him.

It is a new day, and we have the opportunity to be a blessing and a help to those around us. Let us be like him, taking on His likeness, and begin to change the world!

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