Contract for Men

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.



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.


Signed______________________________ Date____________


Excerpted from Rick’s book, The Power of a Man: Using Your Influence as a Man of Character

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