Act Like Men
Men’s Leadership Podcast
Our topic today is something that inevitably every man will face at some point in his life: Discouragement. Discouragement can be found in our job or career, our marriage, our role as a father, or it can be found in our finances or past failures or even dealing with our sin. So, let’s begin with the $1million dollar question — Why is discouragement such an issue for many men today?
Discouragement is often felt with an unmet expectation, a personal failure – or some perceived or real setback in our life. The bottom line is realizing that I am not the first man to face this and I can find a way to set a new course by gaining perspective and preparing for what is next.
But where does discouragement come from? There times men can create the perfect storm for discouragement by isolating themselves when it comes, thinking that they alone have to have the answers for every situation they will face. Men often see themselves as self-sufficient or believe they need to be. We think that our skills and experience combined with our passion for something will certainly lead to success.
Scripture speaks about discouragement too. Throughout both the Old and New Testaments we find the accounts of unmet expectations, loss of control and realizing we can’t fix everything, fear of the unknown, doubting ourselves, harsh treatment from others, the father wound, and unexpected tragedy can all lead to discouragement.
For example, remember in the book of Numbers 13:31-33, the 12 spies had gone into the promised land. 10 reported that there were giants in the land, and they should stay put. Only two saw the giants and figured that with God on their side they could capture it. A minority report turned into great success when they relied on God.
The Apostle Paul challenged the church in Corinth to Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. 14 And do everything with love. I Cor. 16:13-14
So, the next time you start to feel discouragement, here is what you might think about doing:
- Keep the main thing the main thing by maintaining perspective.
- Recognize that failure can be a great lesson for your future – what can I learn at this time.
- Check your ego. It’s not about you, it is about getting out of.
- Find a mentor. It is important to have men around you who have walked thru this journey before you.
- Chart your own course. Your journey is your journey so decide what really matters.
- Play by the right rules and the right rewards will come. Focus on your actions and giving your best work.
- Break the negative patterns and build back into your life.
Questions to think about:
What are the kinds of things that discourage you?
How can we focus on eternal things that bring passion and zeal into our lives?
Greatest news of all – Jesus says: If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. Rev. 3:20-21
About Wendell Morton
Rev. Morton graduated from Western Evangelical Seminary with a BA in Religious Education and a Master of Counseling Psychology, Rev. Morton was in full-time ministry for 17 years with both small and large churches. He spent four of those ministry years with Promise Keepers. He was the the US representative to PK Canada – serving on the PK Canada Board.
Wendell also spent 23 years in Corporate America. He built and led sales teams that worked with very small businesses and other groups that worked with Fortune 500 companies. He is gifted at helping identifying the next generation of leaders as well as helping those around him being successful.
Rev. Morton has a passion to help pastors and church leaders build growing churches. Having men come alongside the vision of the pastor, build a dynamic team, create a plan, and execute the model of “each one brings one” has been proven effective for more than 2,000 years. This approach is a great way for every local church in North America to grow while helping men better understand biblical manhood.
About Dale Eudy
As an advocate for ministry to men, Dale Eudy brings a combined background of leadership skills developed in the marketplace along with senior leadership experience in the Church.
Following military service, Dale earned his undergraduate degree and gained valuable systems and operations experience working for two prominent Fortune 50 companies. Responding to God’s leading in his life to focus on leaders in the body of Christ, he went on to complete seminary and served as a pastor for 16 years in a large church in the Denver area and as a denominational leader at the regional and national levels. With his background, Dale knows the heartbeat of the local church.
Dale’s passion is the discipleship (spiritual reproduction) of men. That passion is what drew him to partner with Men’s Ministry Catalyst. In his words, “The simple call of Jesus to follow him and to make fishers of men is the most foundational call in my life.” Using his spiritual gifts of leadership and exhortation, Dale is a great coach and cheerleader for those involved in the arenas of life.
Dale and his wife Kathy live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and serve their home church, Cherry Hills Community Church. They have two grown children and a caring extended family.