Some of you may be wondering why I'm doing so many different things. I've gotten comments like 'young adult life crisis' and 'getting it out of my system before medical school'. I don't think either of these are the real reasons. A man needs to be tested, to know that he is capable of taking on something bigger than what he knows. When he fails to do that, then he becomes a dull, half-hearted person that is a shell of the man he's called to be. From the 'Wild at Heart' book, the author describes his last visit to the zoo. He watched intently a lion, the 'King of the Jungle'. The lion looked so lifeless in his small domain, lying there next to his precut food and water. He had no pride to lead, no animals to catch, and no territories to defend. This is the state a 'domesticated' man can become. It's clearly something I don't want to happen for myself. So one way I'm countering this 'taming' is to endeavor as many challenging physical activities that require interaction with nature as possible. Hopefully through that, I will better build what my ministry leader calls "agressive, non-passive passion for God" to forcefully advance the kingdom. I believe ministering to others and doing God's work requires a raw passion that cannot be expressed in a docile Ned Flanders type of guy. It's not what God intended, and it's not what I want. Think John the Baptist, a wild man in the desert. So as I wait for where God wants me to be, who I'm supposed to minister to next, and even who he will put with me, I endeavor to enjoy challenges in His beautiful outdoors. It helps me to be patient with myself and others, and maintain zeal for the Lord. My impatience had largely resulted from sitting on my hands and going through the motions.
If you're a guy, my challenge to you is to find ways to 'untame' yourself. You'll be a better man for it, trust me. ;)