Just doing a quick afternoon drive-by because (a) I haven’t posted a new one in a while, sorry about that; and (b) I have to finish the other half of my workout, because (c) I think I’m going to go see Raiders of the Lost Ark tonight in “IMAX.” I hate IMAX prices, but I haven’t been to the theater since The Dark Knight’s Ridiculous Conclusion and Raiders is the kind of movie you HAVE to see on the big screen if you have a chance.
Anyhow, I was thinking about the Humility that Christian guy bloggers usually spout about how they’re not worthy of their wives and they cry when they think about how their beatific babes deigned to spend the rest of their lives with lowly guy bloggers who suffer from mundane afflictions like
lust sin humanity, and being married only serves to remind them of how very sinful and decrepit they are, and somehow female readers are supposed to read this and wish their own husbands would proclaim the same to the world, and oh how romantic and Christianly it is.
If I’m going to be legally chained to some dude who expects daily sex from me for the rest of my life and thinks that at most I should have a job and not a career, and will watch every bite of dessert that enters my mouth with critical eyes lest I destroy his love with the power of cellulite, then I’d very much like to be married to a guy who knows his worth and believes that he is offering me a pretty darn good thing by inviting me along for the ride. Why would I willfully bind myself for life to a man who frets and worries that he’s not good enough? What does that say about ME and my mind, and my values? It’s an attitude that’s insulting to women – that a woman willfully chose to cheerlead for a weakling, and we should praise her for her act of charity.
What women want is (if you will allow me the Hollywood analogy) a man who says, “I’m directing a movie called The Greatness of Me, and I am looking for a producer. I have the vision, but I need someone who is going to help me achieve that vision because I can’t do it all by myself. I think you can be that person. Are you going to come on board?”
I know that it’s en vogue in Christian circles to constantly second-guess yourself and keep knocking yourself down with “I’M NOT WORTHY!” reminders, and blah blah blah pride conceit vanity blah, but women yearn for men who have thrown off timidity and have stepped out of their hobbit holes to venture beyond the Shire. You can be humble and still embrace your God-given talents, gifts, and intellect, and have confidence in those abilities that you can give a woman a happy life. Why did God give you any of these blessings in the first place if He intended you to second-guess Him and His design for your life? It’s kind of like,
GOD: Hey, Bob, I’m going to make you smart – which, let’s be real, I don’t give that to just anybody – and I’m also going to make you good at fixing things. I’m going to give you an even temper, and I’m going to make you good with handling money. Okay, you’re going to be a little short on athletic ability and unfortunately you’re going to end up doing all the group projects for the athletes in your classes, but you’re going to be a good writer and good with kids to make up for that.
BOB: OHHHHH GOD I’M NOT WORTHY OF ASHLEY!!!!!!!!!! SHE’S JUST SO GORGEOUS AND BEAUTIFUL AND HOT!!!!!!!!!! HOW CAN I POSSIBLY MAKE THIS WOMAN HAPPY????? SHE PRAYS TO YOU MORE THAN I DO!!!!!!!!! YESTERDAY I SAID SOMETHING THAT MADE HER FROWN!!!! I CAN NEVER, EVER, EVER LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN BECAUSE I LOVE HER SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!! I AM AN AMOEBA AMONG MEN!!!!!!!!!! HOW COULD YOU GIVE ME SUCH A PRECIOUS GIFT??????????? SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER OFF WITH A FOOTBALL PLAYER!
Men, stop flagellating yourselves. God gave you talents and abilities. Sure, everyone has moments of self-pity and self-doubt, but give God some credit for His blessings, and give the woman in your life some credit in choosing you. We’re all sinners. This isn’t some sort of “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” scenario.