“And closely akin to the visions… was the call still sounding in the depths of the forest. It filled him with a great unrest and strange desires. It caused him to feel a vague, sweet gladness, and he was aware of wild yearnings and stirrings for he knew not what.”
– Jack London, The Call of the Wild
Have you ever felt this longing? “Wild yearnings and stirrings for he knew not what“? I have. I believe it is deep in the heart of man. God has placed in each of us a desire, a calling. Our life’s purpose is to discover the call and live it out. There is a glory within each and every one of us that is begging to come alive. Some people discover their call partly, instinctively, by accident. They get a taste of man’s glory. Then, they keep the glory for themselves. You see it all the time in rock stars and movie stars and other famous people. You see them perform magnificently and seemingly without effort. They are in their glory, but they keep all the glory for themselves and it rots. It spoils. It becomes like a cancer eating at their soul.
We were created to glorify God. The best way to do that is to live out our calling, to share our glory with the world and use it to reflect God’s glory. Men especially are drawn to the call. It is the warrior/conqueror nature in our hearts. We need a quest, a journey, a call. Our lives need to matter beyond ourselves. Self-preservation is good. Self-interest is fine. Everyone loves himself and cares for himself. But, if that is all, life is wasted.
So, welcome to The Call of Men. This isn’t just a blog. This is a fellowship of men on a quest. Join us and live life to the fullest. That’s why I wanted to start this site/blog/community – to call you to live your calling, to fulfill your glory and purpose. If we men are not living out our callings, we are robbing our families of our best. Think about it. If you’re not living in the arena of your calling, if you’re just grinding it out at a job you hate, day after day, are you going to be at your best when you come home? Will you be at your best as a dad for your children? Will you be the husband your wife needs you to be? And, if you are not living out your calling, then what is the world missing?
What is your call?