By Leo Hellyer
Being a Christian man in the United States in 2020 can be very overwhelming, confusing, and daunting. We may find it hard to put into words the feelings we have inside of us. One of my personal mentors, Dr. Vincent Kituku, always is able to respond to people immediately when asked, “How are you?” Vincent very clearly and quickly responds, “I am blessed.” As Christian men, and particularly Christian men living in the United States of America, we are blessed!
There is a great book that was first published in 2008 which I recommend as a great read for Christian men: “Walking with God” written by John Eldredge. On the flyleaf of the book, Eldredge says, “Intimacy with God is the purpose of our lives. It’s why God created us… God created us for intimate fellowship with himself, and in doing so he established the goal of our existence – to know him, love him, and live our lives in an intimate relationship with him.”
Those of us who are more experienced in our Christian lives have had multiple situations where when we have talked to God, we also heard from God. As we face life’s struggles, challenges, mountaintops, or valleys, God is with us whether we feel it or not. All we have to do is communicate with Him and He will communicate back to us. If we feel distant from God, as we go through some of our journey in life, then we need to tear down the barriers that we have placed between us and God. He is there waiting for us to invite Him into our lives.
As we live our lives, there are times that many of us have difficulty finding any good news – all we hear, or all we pay attention to, is what is wrong in our lives, or what is wrong in the world. We need to walk with God and not the world, or the world’s news. In John 10: 9-10 Jesus tells us, “Whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
If you are seeking a better life than what you are experiencing, or what you are seeing around you, then you have come to the right place. God has set up a “divine appointment” for you to hear the real, true, and accurate “GOOD NEWS.” God has been walking with you all of your life. He would love for you to get to the point where you will walk with Him. I honestly believe that if you will pick up John Eldredge’s book and read it, absorb it, and follow what is written in it, your life will change dramatically.
Think about this… God Almighty, the God of the Universe who created all that is, created you to have an intimate, eternal relationship with Him.
Whatever is going on in your life right now is just a speck of time in God’s reality, the true reality. We are living here on Planet Earth only for a moment. While you are here, make the most of it by walking with God through whatever experiences He allows you to go through. Sometimes we go through some difficult situations, but we can grow through each of those events or seasons of our lives. If we will get our strength and direction by walking with God, then we will be able to say, at any time, “I am blessed!”
If you are looking for some good news in your life journey, then pick up “The Good News” – pick up the Holy Bible and start or improve on your walking with God. As we devour more and more of God’s Word (the Bible), and as we do better and better in walking with God, we will see, experience, and believe in all of the good news that is all around us, because it is also IN US.
My prayer and my hope is that each of us Christian men (myself included) will be responsible and will share the good news that we have, and that we will take every opportunity we are given to help others get started on their own personal journey of walking with God. There are many people around us who are eagerly seeking for answers. They are searching for the truth. They are seeking happiness, worth, meaning, and significance. The only place you can find the complete and pure existence of these traits is in walking with God.
We are blessed! We are blessed to live in the United States of America; we are blessed to live in Idaho; we are blessed to live in the community where we live. We are blessed to be a Christian and to be able to walk with God Almighty.
If you have not done so yet, please talk to God, listen for His response, walk with Him. He loves you.
Leo Hellyer is a non-staff pastor with a local church and has been married to his wife Norma for more than 45 years. The couple volunteered with the Boise FamilyLife Ministry Team for 20 years. They are both employed by Boise Rescue Mission Ministries, Norma at City Light Home for Women & Children and Leo at River of Life Rescue Mission. Leo is also the President and Chief Firearms Instructor with Helping Hands Firearms Training LLC. If you have questions about Real Man’s Toolbox, or need other assistance, Leo may be reached at [email protected] or 208-340-5544.