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Welcome to the Stepping Up blog!

Welcome.  You’ve stepped up and have shown you want to be a man of courage.  We are glad you’ve come by our new blog, Stepping Up!  The simulcast many of you participated in on August 4 is just the start of a new movement of men who are tired of being passive and who want to make a difference in their lives, their families, their communities, and around the globe.

You know, it takes a courageous person to stand up for truth in the midst of a culture that is always pulling at you.  One of my favorite quotes is from Winston Churchill, “There comes into the life of every man a task for which he and he alone is uniquely suited. What a shame if that moment finds him either unwilling or unprepared for that which would become his finest hour.”

Is it that time for you?  Maybe you’re facing a tough situation at work that requires you to be courageous and make a right decision, even if it means you might lose your job.  Or you might be facing some challenges in your marriage and others tell you to “pack it in” when you know that isn’t what God wants.  It could be that you or someone you love is facing a daunting medical diagnosis and being courageous just means getting up each day and facing another day of pain and trials.

Jesus told us we’d have days like this,  “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).  Courageous men stand in the face of adversity and take the next step when every fiber of their body wants to shrink up and fade away.  Courage is also evident when anger rises within and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, you withhold words that would tear down your wife or child and instead provide a place of grace.

There are many facets to being a man of courage.  Many of you have stories that would inspire others to make tough, courageous choices.  This blog will highlight stories of failure, success, joy, and sorrow.  Stepping Up is what we all need to do.  But we can’t do it alone.  We need each other and we need the leading of the Lord if we are going to have any chance at being men of courage.

So sign up to join us in the journey.  Sign up for email or getting the blog posts via RSS feeds.  And don’t forget to share your stories with us and letting us know, “What’s the most courageous thing you have ever done?”

Looking forward to stepping up together.

Dennis Rainey

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