There is one key thing I have learned about men recently. They are physical people; they need to be doing something. When the rumor of the hockey pickup league being canceled spread my Aunt jokingly said that my Uncle wouldn’t know what to do with himself without it. However this is a pretty true statement, men need to work, or be doing something physical.
Here is a phrase I’m sure you’re all familiar with the phrase: “Idle hands are the devils workshop.” These words are incredibly true. When we get bored we open the doors to sin, we start looking around for things to entertain us. And you know what is most easily accessible? Your computer and your TV. We turn to them because they get us away from boredom and keep us happy for a little while easily. But this doesn’t do two things. It doesn’t help us grow mentally and it doesn’t help us grow physically. It also draws us so easily to the availability of sinful things on the Internet and TV. Boredom leads us to sin, and so we need to escape boredom.
My advice: Get a hobby. And this hobby can’t be something like making origami. No, guys, get something hard a physical. Go to the gym, get a bike, get a job, volunteer for stuff. Physical work benefits you in so many ways. When your working your mind is focused. Your body is getting strengthened. And it keeps you away from possible temptation of sin. If you have a hobby that gets you outside that is even better. When you’re outside even the fresh air can help rejuvenate your body. And believe me, a tan looks much better then that pale “I sit 10 hours a day in front of my computer and never see sunlight” look.
And when your are confident in yourself it helps your life in so many ways. When you see you can be fit and healthy, it gives you confidence that you can fight the spiritual battles as well. Don’t only be tough physically but be tough spiritually because the devil is a pretty tough enemy to fight. So go out there guys, work hard, train well, and let it help you be strong for whatever comes in your life.
(Note: A part two on specific manly hobbies will be shortly forthcoming)
By Tony G.
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