BE A MAN! (it’s not what you’d think)

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To all the guys out there: someone needs to tell you to man up.

Seriously.

But, I want to tell you that being a man has nothing to do with how you look or whether you cook or play football. It doesn’t matter whether you wear pink all the time or camouflage; if your favourite movie stars Bruce Willis or shows on Hallmark; if you do yoga or MMA or ballet.

I can’t believe that adults have to be told this: but the standard for who you are as a man and a human has little or nothing to do with your appearance or interests contrasted with the traditions of the culture in which you were raised. Don’t listen to the voices tugging on your identity in different directions if they limit your effectiveness in loving God and your neighbor. Brothers, true manliness is power under control. Exhibit self-control. Be a man.ChapterMemes_iii

To read more on this kind of self-control, check this out: http://www.amazon.com/Chivalry-Quest-Personal-Honor-Unjust/dp/1414376359/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Slaves Don’t Get a Summer Vacation

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A Former Child Slave (courtesy of Free the Slaves)Summer holiday is just finishing up for those of us who live in North America.  And while that means longer days, sleeping in and enjoying more time with our friends, there are millions and millions of people for whom it’s just another season of slavery.  Slaves don’t get a break during the summer, and their oppressors don’t take one. Children have been oppressed this summer.  Boys, girls, men and women will slave away long hours under someone else’s control.  Sex traffickers will buy and sell people to be abused day and night.

So, what can you do about it?  Start making plans now to launch Loose Change to Loosen Chains at your school or church this summer or in the fall.  Also, check back in next week at this time when I write about an idea for students and adults to use their purchasing power to help make a difference. 

Seek justice!

[photo by Kay Chernish – TIP Office]