With all the media coverage of men behaving badly (from Richard Sherman to Justin Bieber), I thought it might be interesting to revisit some of my thoughts on what healthy masculinity looks like. Certainly these aren’t the only things a man should strive for, but they are probably a pretty good starting point. They can be found at the end of my book, The Power of a Man.
CONTRACT FOR MEN:
I believe that men were created to live lives of significance. I believe men are born with the magnificent ability to lift up the lives of those around him. I believe authentic masculinity can make a difference in the world. Because I believe that, I agree to abide by and live my life by the following code and to inspire those who follow in my footsteps to join me:
- A man is not passive—he takes initiative.
- A man uses his God-given influence to serve others.
- A man defends those who are weaker than he—he stands for what is right.
- A man protects and provides for his family.
- A man bases his decisions on principles not emotions.
- A man is a spiritual leader of his family.
- A man protects all women and children.
- A man teaches those under his influence what he has learned.
- A man does not quit—no matter how tough things get.
- A man is patient, affirming, kind, and loving to his family.
- A man is accountable to God and other men.
Excerpted from Rick’s book, The Power of a Man: Using Your Influence as a Man of Character