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Take Some Time Off!

The sun rises and sets. The moon glows and lights up the darkest nights. The birds chirp and sing lovingly with utmost dexterity. Days come and go. Friends come and leave. Children are born, and some people die… Through the good and bad times, life still goes on…

The sad thing about the human life nowadays is that even with all the so-called faster, time-saving, stylish and sleek “stuffs” we have to our use and all that, we still end up with everything in deficit. Less time to spend with family and friends (leading to broken relationships, high rates of divorce, uncultured children, etc.), cash deficit, high rates of sickness, low life expectancy, unhealthy habits and so on are the commonest symptoms of our “Hey, can you call back? I need to finish up that proposal, that presentation, report and all that” attitude to life. We think if we spend more time behind our office desks, in the libraries or travelling around the world to establish “connections”, we’ll be able to sustain ourselves and our families. But we are wrong! Very wrong!

The Bible says

“Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.” (Eccl 4:4, KJV)

All our labours and efforts without God will avail to nothing. God is the only One that makes the plants flower even though it is the farmer that plants.

We need to relax, cool off and enjoy ourselves. It is not by power, strength, might, skills, certification or qualification that we can make it in life. We need to set our priorities right, take time off to spend with our family and friends and people that matter to us. We also need to just dedicate some time to listen to them, know their wants, joke with them and play. We also should try and enjoy all the beautiful things – the plants, the insects, the birds, the atmosphere and appreciate God for all those beautiful things He has made for our pleasure. Switch off that phone, shut down that laptop, take a day off from your place of work (they can manage without you!), go off on a vacation to a resort, a beach, for once, stay with those kids and listen to them sing, pay a courtesy visit to an orphanage. Get off that fast track, cool down a little bit, relax your mind and break off that workaholism… It will make you last longer.

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3 Key Attributes of REAL Men

#1. Real Men Respect:
Real men respect people, especially women, whether considered attractive or not. A real man would never lay his hands on a woman, because no real woman would first hit a man anyway. Real men are not bullies. They are sensible, not only after physical appearance, sex and senseless fun. They are honourable and worthy of emulation too.

#2. Real Men Protect:
Real men are known to protect others when they are in distress. They are physically strong and use their God-given strength to help others who are weak, or are cheated. They stand up for others and are sacrificial in their daily living.

#3. Real Men Take Responsibility:
Real men do not undertake bad endeavours, and have foresight. When they make mistakes, they are not afraid to apologize and are always ready to forgive their offenders. Above all, real men are mentors and role models for the younger ones to emulate and look up to. They are loving, enduring and courteous. They listen to others patiently and advise them in love. They employ their strength and flair in good things and stay in shape. They do not despise, and are up-to-the-task whenever they are given duties to perform.
Above all, real men are Godly. They pray for others, love others, sacrificial towards others and are empathetic in the same manner.

I’m a real man, are you?

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