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"Men Without Chests"
Theme of the Week: Owning Your Emotions
Monday, May 26, 2014

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Key Bible Verses: Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. (Philippians 3:18-19, NIV)

Dig Deeper: Philippians 3:17-21

C. S. Lewis described what he called, in the title of one book, The Abolition of Man. Men (and women), he argued, don't have a sense of the "spirited element"—which he locates in the chest—that moves us to action in the right situation. Instead of deep wells of healthy emotional energy, Lewis suggested, we have been made barren and empty, what he calls "men without chests."

There are two options for men who lack chests. Some men let their stomachs rule them. They end up pursuing nothing except sex, comfort, advancement, or riches. They don't have to assert themselves because they frequently do whatever they want.

Other men let their heads rule them. Their lives become one long three-step plan to self-improvement. They read all the self-help books and create life plans, sometimes in an effort not to have to deal with "distracting" emotions. They want order in and for their lives, and they'll cut themselves off from their deepest passions to pursue it.

The man in the middle is the affectionate man, the man who allows himself to feel deeply about the world but is also interested in feeling appropriately. He's not dominated by his emotions, but he doesn't suppress them either.

—Darrin Patrick in The Dude's Guide to Manhood

My Response: Which of the above types of men best describes me?

Adapted from The Dude's Guide to Manhood by Darrin Patrick (Thomas Nelson, 2014) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

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Prayer for the Week
Lord, you designed emotions, and they are a good thing. Please help me to keep my emotions in proper balance, and let them be a catalyst for loving you and those around me.

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

May 26, 2014  9:04am

A beautiful word again. The third one I want in my life, but I too am sometimes caught in the stomach of life and not the heart of things. I lean on the Lord to guide with the Spirit to do the good thing in which I learn to be more like. I pray to hear that silent voice inside of me and heed its teaching and make the right decision. Amen.

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Curt Schleicher

May 26, 2014  8:52am

i concur with the 3rd type of man mentioned in the devotional. Although i'm not such a purest in that regard. i'd like to honestly state that as a fact. i must confess, sometimes i allow my stomach to rule and i enjoy being in control for a while . Thankfully, i don't pursue this nature frequently. i strive toward being the purest. i long for myself to be ruled only one desire--- to love & serve Jesus. i pray this day this day, my heart would fully change. In Jesus name, Amen.

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