Sometimes we have to leave what we know to find out what we know.
– Greenlights, Matthew McConaughey
A modern-day parable, The Company Men depicts one man’s journey along the ancient path and process of masculine initiation. Like most initiation stories, the process begins with a man who finds himself at the end of his rope.
A. W. Tozer once said, “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply.”
Where does a man take his heart when he has been crushed, when the achievements he has pursued crumble around him? What does he do when failure forces him to face one of life’s most important questions: Who am I?
If a man is willing to consent to his initiation, he will indeed pass through a death into a larger, indestructible life. Though death is inevitably excruciating, the ancient path assures us that the new life will be infinitely richer.
Join me for this conversation with Paul McDonald and Men at the Movies, drawing on The Company Men to prompt our self-interrogation and connect us afresh with the God who embraces and engages us at the precipice of the impossible.
For the Kingdom,