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I Felt Defeated by Jamie Futrell

Posted on October 21, 2010

Remember taking a trip in the pre-Garmin days.  You would make a wrong turn and immediately your internal GPS system would kick in.  You have a map of the state but not one of the particular city you are in.  You would follow your super directional senses.  Sometimes you got right back on the path.  And sometimes things just didn't seem to be where they were supposed to be.  Your wife starts suggesting you pull over and ask for directions.  You don't want to.  You want to do it yourself.  You can make it.

If you were like me, you made several more wrong turns and before too much longer the fear of "not being able to read all of the signs because I was trying not to go slow enough to look lost" and my wife continually asking me, "Aren't you going to pull over and ask?" got to me.  I would give in. 

I felt defeated.  Like I was walking in the store and admitting, "I'm a loser. I don't know where I am and I need your help."

My wife has no problems asking for directions.  In my opinion, she would ask too quickly.  I mean, 5 minutes in to the "we're lost" portion of our trip and she is pulling over to "ask for directions".  Obviously, this is why God called them the weaker sex right?

For us guys, there is pride in accomplishment. And even more pride if we can do it all ourselves.  A self-made man.  Our world honors men who can do it all by themselves.  That is not God's will.

Can't you see all that pride.  That pride is the reason we struggle.  And it is that same pride that the enemy uses to make us feel defeated when we mishandle a situation with a collegue or give in to temptation.  We feel defeated and all alone.  We even hear the enemy say, "No other man is this messed up."  All lies.

God wants us to walk closely with other men.  God wants us to be real and admit our shortcomings to a trusted brother.  If you don't have that, they you are missing one of the most important and blessed parts of our God journey.

Proverbs 27:17 (New International Version)

 17As iron sharpens iron,
       so one man sharpens another.
I urge you to find a man to share your "wrong turns".  You see quickly, you are on the road to becoming a MAN WHO WINS.

Jamie Futrell
Men Who Win

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