Today the 19th of November is recognized as International Men’s Day. The purpose of this day is to highlight and recognize the important role that men play in our society and the positive values that they bring to their families, communities and the world. It was G. K. Chesterton who once said, “Whatever else may be said of man, this one thing is clear: He is not what he is capable of being.”
Another author wrote, “God made man to be somebody not just to have things!” Some men are judged by the things they have, but it does not matter what you have or how much you are worth if you don’t know the Lord you are poor, naked, and blind. The words of the prophet Jeremiah found in Jeremiah 9:23-24 is clear, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth, glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me… for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”
As we celebrate International Men’s Day, let every man be reminded that presently he has two important priorities. His first priority is his family- wife and children. They are not only his greatest priority, but his greatest asset, and they should not be neglected. The second priority for every man is to take care of himself physically, mentally and emotionally. Your health is your personal responsibility. Get your check-ups and take care of your mental health.
Numerous researches have stated that there is a silent crisis in men’s mental health and this is based on evidence that men have a high incidence of various mental health issues. These resulted in a high rate of suicide among men; 75 % of the suicide victims in the United States are men. Furthermore, it is said that every 20 minutes a man kills himself. This is often attributed to stubbornness in men, rooted in traditional notions of masculinity that emphasizes “men are strong”. Men let us admit that care needs to be taken as it relates to our own mental health as we do for our physical. Let us change the culture, express your inner struggles, support those who are struggling, think positively, and trust in God.
My encouragement to you men is to cooperate with God to fulfil the great mandate for which you were created, to be a stalwart wherever you are. May the peace of God keep you and as it states in Psalms 60:12 “Through God we shall do valiantly...” May this promise be a reality in your life every day.