There are times in life that a dilemma comes up that rips at your innermost being. I am currently facing one of the most difficult ones in years. It’s not like I haven’t been down this road before but this one is different. It’s different because it has to do with my spiritual home. A place I have known for over 20 years with countless friends and memories. Very often these things happen through no fault of our own. This is certainly the case with this situation. So with no clear answer in sight, I will sit here and listen to the birds maybe they will help me find an answer?
I think its one of the things that most Christian men fail at is true outreach to other men. Partly it’s biological and it can’t be argued that is part of this failure. Another part of this failure is that most men come from the mindset that if you don’t ( or didn’t) have a career or a college education you just aren’t like them. For many women adding a new woman to their group is no big deal. To most men that is simply not the case. For the men that are not included in these circles those other men often feel unwelcomed even at churches, they have gone to for decades. There are those ” other” men who practically beg for help to find a men’s bible study from leadership on down and they are simply ignored. You have situations in which a man is facing the toughest challenge in their life and mention that to other men ( including some in leadership) that they can’t go through this alone. ( with a couple of exceptions) Then sadly that is what that ” other” man faces. You have situations that those men are taken off the weekly e-mail list for no reason. Will these situations change? I suspect not. So those “other” men over time just give up and that is truly sad and disappointing.
When you stop (and get real quiet) as you watch birds go through their activities it’s fascinating. There in one regard, there is a sense of independence. Because it is a true case of not eating will cause death. Yet there is another more fascinating side to them. Regardless of their struggles they still manage to look out for each other Of course it often is a member of the same species but then again it doesn’t always turn out that way. Isn’t it sad that in so many cases many humans can’t have the same understanding? As the saying goes ” The Good Lord made the word “I” the smallest word in the dictionary for a reason”. Birds seem to understand that but for many humans, it’s a foreign concept.