I keep coming to group because I like it. It’s a little like football, it’s a tough violent game that grows on you. I keep coming because I keep getting better. I keep going deeper with other men and knowing myself better. I keep coming because I like to talk for 5 minutes each week with out anyone judging me, trying to fix me, or trying to paste some bible band-aid on what ever hurts. I keep coming to group because it’s good for my family that I do. It’s good for my marriage, it’s good for my kids, and it’s good for everyone I know.
I keeping coming because I laugh a lot, because I’m loved, and I’m known. I keep coming because it’s fun, entertaining, and dangerous. I keep going to group for the pure pleasure of watching men get better. I keep coming because I love being a part of men falling in love with themselves, their wives, their children, and their God. I keep coming to group because I am inspired to continually live more honestly, get to know myself better, and face the things that scare me. I keep coming to group because not only am I given permission to talk, feel, and touch, but because I am celebrated when I do.
Every Monday I go to group because I like the rhythm of it. Someone in my small group that I barely know can kick me in the balls and help me be a better man. I keep coming because I love to worship with desperate and hungry men, it fills me and brings me peace. The worship resets me and turns my heart toward eternal things. I keep coming to group because I’m valued, I get to talk with out being interrupted, I get to be honest. I keep coming to group because my own process and failures help other men by me talking about them. I keep coming to group because when I hear other men talk I find myself in their experiences, in their words, and I don’t feel alone.
I keep coming to group because I like watching boys become men. I keep coming to group because I enjoy being part of the process that prepares men for a great marriage. I keep coming because I like to see men cry, I keep coming because I like to cry too. I keep coming to group because I have friends there. I keep coming because I like the fruit in my life and the lives of other men. I keep going because I feel God’s presence in the room. I keep going because purity makes me an agent of change. I keeping going to group I keep becoming more confident, more alive, and more bold. I keep coming to group for me, and when it’s good for me, it’s good for everyone I’m in relationship with. I keep going to group because when I do it for me, I’m changing the world just by me being me. By me being free.