Sometimes men have an overbearing habit of being men. When we attempt to do feats that have not been done before. Or we have not done before. Or when we just do things that need to be done.
Felix Baumgartner manness.
The manness of David’s Mighty men
2Sa 23:13 – 16 And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim. And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate! And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.
This manness isn’t that thing your Momma said – the opening of doors, pulling out a seat kinda thing. It’s not even what your Father said.
It’s that thing that crawls up your spine and insists that unless you do this particular thing, you are not worthy of being a man and you might as well die! This might include, and is not limited to ; leaving your Father’s house, building your own house, marrying the woman you want, doing the career you want, climbing the Magherita peaks, jumping off the edge of space, convincing a woman to be your side chic, having a child because your friends are, having a name on your Coca Cola, getting that record deal, etc.
As you can see, some of those things look sensible, the others, well… Cough.
Manic manness doesn’t pick the dark side or light, it is there waiting to fix you with madness. It helps therefore when you have backbone enough when it crawls up.
For if it is the dark side, you might do something we regret. If it is the light and you have no backbone, it might break your spine and paralyse you.
Sometimes you attempt things that your backbone doesn’t agree with. Simply because someone else did them or because you’re overwhelmed and forget your backbone. It’s not particularly a good thing when that happens because when you realise you had a backbone all along, it’s disappointing you leaped when you could have walked, and walked when you could have leaped.
Manic manness simply means to me that we must do the things we must, however when the things we must do are not the things we should do, we need to remember we have a backbone, Yeshua. And this, how often we forget. How often I forget.
Manic manness. Everywhere in a man near you. That the Lord be our backbone. Him moving.
Act 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.