Saturday, June 5, 2010

Follow your heart: communication

For years we have used the film, The Great Santini, to understand our roles as spiritual fathers. We certainly learned what not to be like. And we learned what is necessary to be a spiritual man.  A spitirual man is mature enough to communicate and articulate as a man.

A man must be able to speak, to be understood and to communicate. And the communication must be in a way that will honor God and convey God's truth to others. Beyond the context of conversation, a young man must learn how to speak before larger groups, overcoming the natural intimidation and fear that comes from looking at a crowd, opening one's mouth, and projecting words.

Eventhough not all men will become public speakers, every man should have the ability to stand his ground, frame his words, and make his case when truth is under fire and when belief and conviction must be translated into argument.