I woke up this morning with a long to-do list scrawled on the back of an envelope laying beside me on the bed (classy – right? 😉 ). You see, I figured if I saw my list first thing this morning, I might be eager to get off to a running start. Writing this blog post was not on my to-do list, but at 10:30 AM, I’m happy to say I’ve already completed the rest of the list! (Well, besides finishing up the laundry…) So, in my free moments before throwing laundry into the drier and heading to work, I thought I’d blog a little from my woman’s heart.

What provoked this blog post? On the way home from the post office earlier, I heard for the first time a song called “We Were Made to Be Courageous.” The opening lines of that song excited me, and I prayed out loud, “Yes, God, make me like that!” As the song continued, however, it soon became clear that the song was directed to men… not to me. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t believe women can be courageous or leaders or world-changers or any of that. Obviously I do. However, there is a very big part of me (that often remains hidden deep inside) that really longs to see men take the lead on those roles more often than I do, and sometimes my body physically aches when I observe men choosing the path of least resistance.

Interestingly enough, I was at the post office this morning to mail a package to a friend named Jeff. Jeff is an exceptional man. He is wise, kind, gentle, loving, and at the same time bold, unashamed, and a fierce protector. He reminds me a lot of Jesus – whom, might I add – is Jeff’s hero and mentor. Jeff exhibits all those qualities as a husband and as a father – and now as a grandfather. He is a patient teacher, a visionary leader, and a gifted motivator. He is a hero, working as a full time high school teacher and laboring long hours after school to establish a recovery home for girls who have suffered abuse and exploitation at the hands of other men. He spends his energy to serve others – to bless and build and restore. Many men spend their energy on themselves – numbing their hearts by entertainment and food and pleasure – and sometimes at the expense of others… the weak, the vulnerable… their wives and kids…

We could just say, “Way to go, Jeff! You’re an exceptional man!” and leave it at that, but I’d like to delve a little deeper. Men, all of you were made to be courageous. You were designed to dream and invent and protect and lead. You were created to make the world a better place because you’ve walked in it. You were made to go on daring adventures – to conquer impossibilities. That doesn’t happen by you throwing your weight around and dominating people nor by you settling into the status quo and living life as it comes. You will become the hero you were created to be when you learn that leadership means intentionally serving others – that in giving up your life for others you will find fulfillment and purpose and joy. Jesus modeled that life so well, and He calls you to learn from Him. If you are willing to follow Him, He even promised that He would enable you to do greater things than He did during His life. (No lie- read John 14!)

Back to my woman’s heart. All my life, I’ve been aware of injustice, and as I look around, I see many women like me with hearts that ache at the wrong in our world. In truth, women were created by God to be the more sensitive and nurturing, and from the beginning, men were designed stronger to protect and to lead. I’ve known that for years, but ever since I was a little girl, I found myself stepping into protector/leader roles – not because I wanted to, but simply because the situation required somebody to do something. Thank you to the many men who give their lives in self-sacrificing, servant leadership, like my Jesus. And to the rest of you, when are you going to stand up?

You were made to be courageous.

Courageous
by Casting Crowns

We were made to be courageous
We were made to lead the way
We could be the generation
That finally breaks the chain
We were made to be courageous
We were made to be courageous

We were warriors on the front lines
Standing unafraid
But now we’re watchers on the sidelines
While our families slip away

Where are you, men of courage?
You were made for so much more
Let the pounding of our hearts cry
We will serve the Lord

We were made to be courageous
And we’re taking back the fight
We were made to be courageous
And it starts with us tonight

The only way we’ll ever stand
Is on our knees with lifted hands
Make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous

This is our resolution
Our answer to the call
We will love our wives and children
We refuse to let them fall

We will reignite the passion
That we buried deep inside
May the watchers become warriors
Let the men of God arise

Seek justice
Love mercy
Walk humbly with your God

In the war of the mind
I will make my stand
In the battle of the heart
And the battle of the hand

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About Jennie Joy

I'm a lover and truth-seeker. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, and sincere searchings as I get to know God and welcome the reality of His kingdom in and through me.

7 responses »

  1. J. R. Telfer says:

    Wow… Good Job with your list 🙂 thanks for the challenge.

  2. Tami says:

    Excellent post! And, as someone who knows Jeff as well – everything you said about him was true. Thanks for sharing Jennie!!

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