Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when […]

In part one we saw that all men want to be validated. Men want to know that someone respects them, notices them, appreciates them, and loves them. Men want to know that someone sees them and approves of them. We’re supposed to get this as boys from our dads. We considered that God’s original design was to raise his sons via human fathers. We noted that fathers form people and are crucial in the formation of their children emotionally, spiritually, mentally, sexually, and psychologically. Through their physical and relational presence (or absence), fathers make (or break) people. We also saw […]

Anyone who has spent time around men knows that men want to be validated. Men want to know that someone respects them, notices them, appreciates them, and loves them. Men want to know that someone sees them and approves of them. After four decades of living life as a man and observing other men, I can tell you that men not only want this, they need this. I believe our Creator made us to crave and thrive on acceptance and belonging. You’ve heard of the “God-shaped void.” I think there is a “Dad-shaped void.” Something else I’ve learned: if we […]