Manvotional: Be Faithful
by Brett & Kate McKay on January 28, 2012
From Courage, 1894
By Charles Wagner
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Nothing is so difficult as to remain faithful. At each step of the way outside influences are brought to bear upon us to make us deviate or retrograde. And if there were only difficulties from without, it would not matter so much; but there are those from within. Our dispositions vacillate. We promise one thing with the best intentions in the world; but when the time comes to keep it, everything is changed–the circumstances, men, ourselves; and what duty demands of us seems so different from what we had foreseen, that we hesitate. Those who will fulfill on a rainy day a promise which they have made on a sunny one, are few and far between.
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Like to think I have that quality. Evidence? A forty year marriage.
I’ve seen men desert their posts.
In school. In the military. In politics. In marriages. In jobs. In their own personal life.
No sense going though the litany.
My own Dad deserted my Mom and me.
Now, “Shoulda, coulda, and woulda!” thinking would put me wondering what might have been. I could have been normal.
But, that’s water under and lost milk.
Maybe that’s what stuck in my brain. Making me the slug I am.
“So every hand to his rope or gun. Quick is the word and sharp is the action. …” — Captain Jack Aubrey in “Master and Commander”
That’s what being a man is all about.
And, despite what the TV commercials tell us (i.e., men are stupid clueless idiots), we are still needed for the survival of the species and the rearing of children.
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