Why I don’t shave in November and why it’s only for men…

This entire month I don’t shave. Why? Because November for me has always been a declaration of manliness known to the world as “No Shave November.” The month’s origin is as debated as Big Foot, but it’s roots are clear.

It is for the celebration of masculinity….

We as men have been created by God to be culture makers, shapers, and shifters. From the very beginning the first man, Adam himself, was decreed from God to be the life and source of industry, responsibility, and when necessary, conflict. In fact, it was Adam’s  unwillingness to engage in conflict (with the serpent in Genesis 3) that led to his ultimate failure. The culture of the garden has not changed since. Let’s face it we live in a world where masculinity has taken a back seat, especially when it comes to pursuing Christ. Leon Podles decreed once, “churches are simply women’s clubs with a few male officers.”

November is a month to declare our manliness by growing out our beard and not caring who has an issue with it. It’s less about how we look and more about who we are….

We are men…It’s time we as culture shapers, leaders and warriors live like one….
(Let me be the first to say while this decree is not only to be held by men, but it is definitely directed towards them) Its time we fight for the right of being a man…and one small way to do that, is growing out our beard.

I am the first to decree manliness and v-necks can go hand in hand. But its time we grab ahold of what it means be a man and live it out. It may start with growing out the side burns, buts its way bigger then that. Its leading when no one else will lead. Its fighting when no one else will fight.

Living a life with the goal in mind of simply being a man after God’s own heart…..

Who knows if Jesus shaved but Jesus was a man. Willing to make culture and to lead and fight for the heart of His God…

Its time we grab a hold of this…and one way is in November… grow out the stach.  It’s a humorous but simple reminder that We. Are. Men.

Genesis 2:15-17  The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”

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