Men Following Directions Is Difficult At Times

By: Chance Densmore

A while ago I was listening to a story of a man embarking on a task of assembling a desk purchased from IKEA and the end result was described as a minor disaster. The story reminded me how the male species can be stubborn and obstinate at times. Men love to fix things. It’s built into us naturally. Men go into fix it mode and sometimes they believe don't need any directions or guidance. This also applies to men when driving somewhere. 

For example, men have a tendency to not follow directions when putting things together because they “think” they know how to do it without reading the instruction guide. Sometimes, when men attempt to put something together they convince themselves they are the Subject Matter Experts of Putting Anything Together just to discover an important piece is still on the floor and you don't know where it goes. When any project goes awry and not according to plan, sometimes we men morph into “Primitive Pete” mode. We search for any object that resembles a hammer, then we commence to beat the piece left out into submission in an attempt to making it fit. 

Another problem men have is to stop and ask for directions when we are lost. We believe there's an internal compass custom built for us and it’s implanted in our heads and it is never wrong. My own dad thought he was a pathfinder when driving and the best thing to do was not suggest to stop and ask for directions when he got lost at times. He would give you a look that suggested that you just labeled him the Local Village Idiot and he would explicitly state he knew where he was going. Fortunately, now we have smart phone GPS apps or a GPS gadget that provides all male drivers with directions. Even though men have those navigational devices to aid us eventually we will still disagree and argue with the virtual GPS guide because we “think” we know better route and end up in a corn field out in the middle of nowhere. 

Now these examples of men putting things together and driving can be applied to our relationship with God. Do we “think” we know how to go through life trying to put all the pieces together when a trial arises only to find out you can't fix it and you’re at wits end trying to figure out how to fix it. Or, being hopelessly lost driving around with no directions and you refuse to admit when you need help. But there is a way you can fix the problems in your life and that’s found in the Bible. It provides you with information and instructions how to navigate through life and instructions from God.

In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 it says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

And most important of all, the bible provides instructions how to believe and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. May God bless you today!