Here’s something fun I have to share today. This morning I was blessed to be able to do a guest spot with a #1 rated podcast; I enjoyed the experience, I really like the host, and I’m seriously stoked.
I’ll share a link to the content when it’s posted – most likely a few weeks from now. But for today I’ll write about my impressions.
The podcast – Real Men Connect – is hosted by Dr. Joe Martin. Joe is passionate about seeing men connect both as brothers and as disciples of Jesus. It’s the kind of enthusiasm that translates well to the podcast format, keeping both the guest and the audience engaged.
Dr. Martin’s approach obviously communicates well, because Real Men Connect is now the top-rated podcast on iTunes for Christian men. That’s exciting for me because I have often prayed for the opportunity to get into this conversation at a national level.
I often say that authenticity is the best possible communication tool we have at our disposal, and Joe is very much a “what you see is what you get” kind of a guy. We connected well from the outset, and because of that it was easy for me to respond to his excellent questions.
Specifically – and based on a recent article I wrote for All-Pro-Dad – Dr. Joe wanted to talk about how parents can have patience with their children. My first thought was, “good luck with that!” but then I remembered what I’d written, and realized that – having taught exceptional education as well as raising two amazing young adults – I actually do have some insight to share.
If you want to read the article at All Pro Dad, here’s the link: How to Have Patience With Your Kids. But our conversation was much more wide ranging. In fact, the key idea is something that we all need to take to heart: “Patience provides a place where hope can take root and grow.” That’s a good word not just for Christian men, or for dads, but for every last one of us.
I don’t want to give too much away from the podcast, but I’ll share one more thought that came up during our conversation. We were talking about the inclination men tend to have toward impatience, knee-jerk reaction, yell now think later, and going on the offensive prematurely.
“As Christian men in North America,” I said, “we like to put on the Armor of God (and strut around in it), but too often we’re so-so when it comes to the Fruit of the Spirit.”
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22-23
God won’t magically give us patience we don’t have. But God will come alongside us, and equip us, and give us strength, and guide us, and back us up, as we make the decision to be the kind of people who put into practice the life that Christ teaches. That’s discipleship, and it’s something we can’t even begin to achieve on our own.
Under those conditions, Christ-like patience will be just the beginning of our witness.
We need the love of God, the friendship of Jesus, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit – and we need one another too.