We finished chapter one in our study of Wild at Heart. We had some new guys join the group and had some really good conversation. Chapter one is really all about recognizing the things inside us that drive us. The book says that all of us are created with three needs that are embedded in us; we long for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.
I think every guy, whether your personality is mild mannered or “type A”, can agree with that statement. The author points out that movies like Braveheart are huge hits for a reason. We all want our lives to mean something, to fight for something bigger than ourselves, to challenge ourselves, and to win the heart of the woman. But it’s amazing how society, especially over the past 30 or 40 years, has driven that out of us. Watch any TV commercial and pay close attention to how men are portrayed. We’re bumbling idiots, unable to think for ourselves and dependent on our dissappointed but accepting wives to take care of us. There’s a quote in the book about how women always ask “where are all the real men?”, and the author goes on to say “You’ve asked them to be women!”. How true.
So the whole point of chapter one is accepting the fact that we have these 3 basic desires built into us. For those of us who have stiffled these traits, this is a wake up call. For those of us who are already in touch with some of that aggresiveness, there’s no need to be ashamed. The key will be to awaken that fire in those who have lost it, and how to channel the fire already raging in others, ultimately with the goal of serving God. Chapter two starts that discussion.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering about the title of this post, our assignment next week is to watch Braveheart as a group. This is the coolest bible study ever.