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Men share about the character qualities that make them strong.

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Hey guys take a look below at some muscle-driven motivational quotes found at geniusquotes.org. At work, play, in the gym, home, woven in our careers and daily social life the drive to be our best is continually being repeated in our ears, emphasized in our training, elevated in our goals and figuratively nailed to our foreheads. You’ve been to the gyms where guys trash talk, swing around the weights and aren’t just sweating, they reek with the smell of attitude. We’re men. That’s who we are and how we behave. It’s what motivates us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But – what could happen if men dropped the ego to instead both privately and publicly pursue and point others toward God? Not the self-God of our own creation but the one true God, the God of the universe --- the Great I Am. What happens is the greater strength of God’s Spirit is revealed. That in turn exposes the hype in popular motivational attitudes and sets in place the foundation, a starting point for a “spiritual gym” a place where iron sharpens iron. In other words when you demonstrate the might of meekness YOU can help guys cut the crap, be brutally honest in recognizing together their weakness and thirst for the presence of God.

Back in 1903 British philosophical writer James Allen released a book, As A Man Thinketh, for which he is best known. However that same year, he also released another work titled, All These Things Added, which contains The Might Of Meekness. While his work certainly isn’t scripture, it is nonetheless inspirational, especially when viewed as a men’s devotional written from a relatively recent past that seems to have anticipated the current trend in male human nature:

The man who conquers himself by Meekness is mighty. Meekness cannot boast, nor advertise itself, nor thrive on popularity; being a spiritual quality it is perceived only by the eye of the spirit. Those who are not spiritually awakened see it not. Canopied with gentleness, thou shalt bless where others curse; love where others hate; forgive where others condemn; yield where others strive; give up where others grasp: lose where others gain, and in their strength they shall be weak; and in thy weakness thou shalt be strong.

Faith & Fitness Magazine asked men to read the full James Alen writing, reflect on their own life and then share one Christ-like CHARACTER quality that has shaped them into who they are today. Their stories are on the following pages. Click on the numbers at the bottom of each page to proceed and read them all.  Then CONTACT US and share you’re story.  We may add it to this collection so that you too can help shape the lives of other men. You can also simply post a Facebook comment at the bottom of this page.

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SETH DOHERTY – HUMILITY

I’m 32, but my life really began 5 years ago when I went all in with Jesus. For almost all 5 of those years I have been married. My confession is I still don’t have any idea what humility is. It hurts me to say this because I know my pride has damaged our marriage in so many ways.  I have always felt the deep need to promote, assert, and defend myself.  I believe the roots of this need are from wounds in my adolescent years where I developed a form of insecurity that is mentioned in Proverbs 29:5 called “the fear of man.” It says that the fear of man is a trap and the only way to avoid it is to trust God.

Even now, I feel like Holy Spirit is whispering to me “would you trust me to promote, assert, and defend you?” and he brings me to tears. I know my answer will be a choice that changes my destiny. What will you choose? If your answer is yes be ready to do a whole lot more listening and drastically less talking.

As I read the article the “Might of Meekness” I felt a powerful wave of conviction come over me unlike I have felt in awhile. This article is like kryptonite to the modern view of how a male should be in this world.

- Seth Doherty, Virginia Beach, Virginia

My favorite passage from James Allen’s The Might Of Meekness: That the meek man should be neglected, abused, or misunderstood is reckoned by him as of no account, and therefore not to be considered, much less resisted. He knows that all such weapons are the flimsiest and most ineffectual of shadows. To them, therefore, who give him evil he gives good. He resists none, and thereby conquers all.

My favorite BIBLE passage related to this: Ecclesiastes 7:8-9 which says The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.” Before God, my wife, and all my friends who read this I declare in the power of Holy Spirit I will choose patience over pride! Who is with me?

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JOE LOGALBO – TRADING EGO FOR GOD’S PRESENCE

 

Being humble, returning grace to others just as Jesus returns to me, denying myself (which is not always easy), is worship and partnership with God. I have two choices in everything I do... to partner with Jesus and be more like Him, or exploit myself, obeying my pride and self-praise. In everything I do, I want God as my partner; My spotter as I workout, my business confidant, my closest friend. Why would I throw that away for an ego?

 

- Joe LoGalbo, Muscle Shoals, AL

My favorite passage from James Allen’s The Might Of Meekness: The meek man is found in the time of trial; when other men fall he stands."

 

My favorite BIBLE passage related to this: 1 Peter 5:5B "'God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

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EARLY L. JACKSON JR. – COMPETITION AND SUCCESS

One of the verses of scripture I’ve learned to not only love, but honor is found in the Book of Wisdom, Proverbs 16:18-19 which says: Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud. Often when we speak on the subject of pride, it is from the perspective of finding it in others. Which leaves us vulnerable to deception where our lives are concerned.

Several years ago I was in a management position for a tailor shop in Philadelphia. Being a chain establishment, my store was constantly compared to similar stores, which also determined our annual budget. In this environment of sales and conference calls with our district manager, it wasn’t hard to develop a competitive nature.

God finds nothing wrong with us engaging in friendly competition with each other, but the spirit behind our actions must always be checked. Pride, by Hebrew definition is the inflation of stature (puffed up) and gives the connotation of relying heavily on oneself. This is in direct conflict with the Holy Spirit who leads us to depend on the power of Christ in our lives. As my store grew and excelled, it wasn’t long before I was sitting in meetings totally depending on my sales ability. During this time my head had gotten so big I transferred to a larger store and never thought to consult God on my direction. With the praise of my district manager ringing in my ear, I jumped at the chance to manage a flagship location in the heart of downtown.

It was only a few months before it was revealed I was in way over my head. Sales were falling. I had trouble keeping up with inventory and the demands of more staff proved to be too much. In less than a year I was in the position to resign. To my district manager’s amazement, I went from the district’s top producer to someone who hated coming to work. It was shameful, but the sting of the lesson has helped remind me that my true source, my abilities and favor come from the Lord.

The thing I walked away with was the understanding that God never said we couldn’t be successful. But success at the expense of humility in God is never an option. As James later amplified in the scripture; God resists the proud, but gives more grace to the humble.

- Early L. Jackson, Jr., New Direction Coaching Associates

A passage from James Allen’s The Might Of Meekness related to this: Rejoice that thou art so favored as to have thine own imperfections revealed to thee.

My favorite BIBLE passage related to this: Proverbs 16:18-19 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

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D.J. TRUDEAU – CHANGING ATTITUDE FROM ANGER TO PEACE

Not to long ago in my walk I was at a place of anger and frustration. I could see the deception that was leading people astray without even knowing it. My anger grew so strong that I hurt myself and loved one’s more than I ever realized by attacking individuals and their motives. I ended up disappearing for a long time to change into what I am today, with an approach that comes from a place of peace, that's always evolving. The way we can change is through humility. Look within oneself and change that problem, not the problems of others. 

- D.J. Trudeau-Orange County, CA

 

My favorite passage from James Allen’s The Might Of Meekness: The man who conquers another by force is strong; the man who conquers himself by Meekness is mighty.

My favorite BIBLE passage related to this: Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom"

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DAVID LYONS – FINDING STRENGTH IN JESUS ALONE

In 2006, at the age of 47, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an incurable degenerative disease that attacks the nervous system.

I was faced with a tremendous trial ahead and a lifetime challenge to overcome. As a former boxer, martial artist and actively a bodybuilder, this diagnosis was a difficult pill to swallow.

I was a champion and in my human mind I felt I was Superman. But, learning I was not, I was humbled in my walk and brought to the reality that Jesus is our strength and I am just a man.

- David Lyons, Founder, MSFitnessChallenge.com

 

My favorite passage from James Allen’s The Might Of Meekness: The meek man is found in the time of trial; when other men fall he stands.

My favorite BIBLE passage related to this: But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me… 2 Timothy 4:17

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ADAM VICKS – MY MENTOR FOR SELF-CONTROL

If I had to choose one characteristic I admire most about Jesus Christ it would be self-control. Growing up, I was always one of the shortest guys among my peers, but I was tough. I felt that I had to flex my bravado to overcompensate for my shortcomings. But as I studied the Gospels and learned how Jesus responded to his detractors, I began to think differently. I realized that self-control requires way more strength than going off the rails. I reflect on this daily to bring my flesh under subjection.

– Adam Vicks, Washington, D.C.

 

My favorite passage from James Allen’s The Might Of Meekness: There is a poignant passage in The Might of Meekness, in which James Allen writes: “There shall be no end to strife until men cease to justify themselves. He who would have wars cease let him cease to defend any party—let him cease to defend himself.”  

My favorite BIBLE passage related to this: 1 Cor. 9:24-27: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

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QUESTIONS FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION AND GROUP DISCUSSION:

1. What makes the male culture so driven by 'attitude'? Return to page 1 and look at the six motivational messages. How do they speak to you and how would they read differently if they instead promoted a focus on God?

2. Use the link and read James Allen's writing The Might Of Meekness. How does it challenge you in your faith journey? What Bible passages and instruction can you use to guide you to be a man of meekness?

3. What perspectives do all the men who share in this article have in common? How would you encourage each of these men if you had the chance to do a gym workout with them and enter into that 'spiritual gym' with them? What questions would you have for them? What is your life story on this topic?

For more related content go to our CHARACTER STRENGTH department and also read the February/March 2016 issue of Faith & Fitness Magazine.

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    Brad Bloom is the publisher of Faith & Fitness Magazine and Shout! Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine. He is president of Lifestyle Media Group, a ministry that develops content to help you connect your daily lifestyle with the Christian faith. You can use the CONTACT US form to schedule him to speak at your church, organization, group, community gathering or event.

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