I haven’t made all A’s in the art of living. But I give a damn. And I’ll take an experienced C over an ignorant A any day.
– Matthew McConaughey, Greenlights
In Backpacking with the Saints, Belden Lane captures a fundamental mystery of masculine initiation:
“What does [a man] do when there’s nothing he can do, when there’s no audience to applaud his performance, when he faces a cold, silent indifference, if not hostility? His world falls to pieces. The soul hungry for approval starves in a desert like that. It reduces the compulsive achiever to something little, utterly ordinary. Only then is he able to be loved.”
Masculine initiation has as much to do with unlearning as it does with learning, as much to do with powerlessness as it does with power. How do we attune our hearts, minds, and imaginations to the path of masculine initiation that God is orchestrating right here and now?
Friends, join me for an interview on initiation hosted by Nick Carlile on Life Enchanted.
For the Kingdom,