Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Men and God: Becoming Wholehearted

As a Family Physician, I speak with patients daily about Prevention, Heart Health, Bone Health, Brain Health, Men's Health, Women's Health, Children's Health, Family Health, The Individual Life Cycle and The Family Life Cycle.  I'm usually speaking with women.  Since they have babies, usually are the ones bringing the children to the doctor's office and see physicians more often themselves, they get more health information over time than men do.  What about men?

What might help men with their health?  Is it only about the prostate gland?  Or anger management?  Or blood pressure and cholesterol?  Or colonoscopy?

"The problem with men, we are told, is that they don't know how to keep their promises, be spiritual leaders, talk to their wives, or raise their children.  But, if they will try real hard they can reach the lofty summit of becoming...a nice guy."  by John Eldredge in Wild at Heart.  Eldredge laments that Christianity seems to have led men to believe that "God put them on the earth to be a good boy."  He continues with a reminder and a challenge that "God meant something when he meant man,....What has he set in the masculine heart?...  What makes you come alive?"

Eldredge focuses his book with his realization that "in the heart of every man is a desperate desire for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue."

But what about blood pressure and cholesterol?  Is there a battle, an adventure and a beauty involved in preventing coronary artery disease?  How does God relate to Health and Prevention for Men?

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