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May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25 (Session 1, Day 10)

Wednesday, May 25 (Session 1, Day 10)

Waking up at 5:30 in the morning never ceases to be a surreal experience for me. Waking up at 5:30 in the morning and charging to the top of a mountain with fifty other guys for Dunkin Donuts just adds to the experience. While this might sound like an unusual way to start your day, this is exactly how mine began today.

A few days ago we began what’s known as “The Manference.” During this time all the guys got together and we began to sharpen our knowledge on what it is to be men from a biblical perspective. We learned about God’s intended role for men, and how this “manifests” itself in our lives through our relationships with others, the people we model ourselves after, and our responsibilities. Further, we learned that all men are faced with relationships, choosing role models, and upholding our responsibilities in life. The question presented to us however wasn’t asking whether or not these issues exist for men, but rather, how will we handle them? Men can do one of two things. We can become apathetic, neglecting our relationships, letting culture choose our role models for us, and forgetting our God-given responsibilities. Or, men can embrace God’s design for us by putting those we’re in relationships with before ourselves, actively choosing godly role models after which to shape our lives, and upholding our responsibilities to God and family. Personally, this really impacted me as I walked out of the room. I had previously realized all these aspects of biblical manhood existed, however, it struck me that not only do these concept apply to the big things in life, but to all the little things as well. I realized that a man’s character is not just determined by how he handles “important” issues, but how he handles the day-to-day issues of life as well.

But back to our wake-up call. After having participated in the Manference, the tradition is for all the guys to wake up bright and early, scale a mountain, and collectively eat twelve dozen doughnuts. While this might sound trivial compared to what we learned the previous day, it truly illustrates the camaraderie of not only the guys at Summit, but the camaraderie of Summit as a whole. Hundreds of young men and women travel from all over the United States with diverse backgrounds and opinions, yet, we all have two things in common: a love for the Lord and a desire to learn how to defend our beliefs. Over the last two weeks we’ve all made so many new friends and learned so much about why we believe what we believe. As we prepare to leave Summit this coming Saturday, my hope and prayer is that we’ll take what we’ve learned and use it to glorify the Lord in all areas of our lives.

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