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The Men of Iron Minute

by Chad Zueck | Director of Content Creation

NBA Finals, Steph Curry, and Ascending the Mountain of Manhood


My family and I are basketball fans. We are not the die-hard basketball fans who hang on to every game. Eighty-two games make for a long season, and if your team stinks like mine, an even longer season. Instead, we are the hibernating basketball fans that wake up during the Playoffs and Finals. We root for different teams, so the playful banter is a blast. What brings us together is not always who we root for but who we root against. Basketball has changed over the years, and the evolution gets mixed reviews. I remember the brilliance of Bird, Jordan, Magic, and Kobe. Today, it’s a new game. One constant is the point guard position.

Point guards direct traffic, pass the ball, drain 3-pointers, or drive the lane. But to be effective, they must decide to do something. Steph Curry is a brilliant example. He is always moving with or without the ball. He may attempt a shot, pass it inside or kick it out for another person to drop a 3-pointer, but his effectiveness depends on the decision to execute. This offers a parallel for manhood today.

To be effective men, we must…

Make decisions and be willing to execute them. As men climb the mountain of manhood, we make decisions as to pace, mentors, proteges, and the resources required to ascend into the Divine space that God prepared in advance for us (Ephesians 2:10).

Paul, the Apostle, encouraged the Roman Christians in this way, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. 31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?[1]

 

A word from the mountain.

Don’t get stuck on who you were. Become who you are supposed to be.

 

Is there a decision you have been reluctant to make?

Is there a decision that you have made but haven’t executed?

 

Plan. Execute. Ascend.

 

Be a mentor

Find a mentor.

Be a better man.

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1984), Ro 8:28–31.


The conversation continues on the Men of Iron Podcast –

“Move and Take Action” (EP. 117)