The Measure of a Man

Today I wanted to discuss what it means to be a man in this world. The obvious answer has to deal with anatomy, but that isn’t what I am talking about.

What makes a man, a man? Is he supposed to be measured by his financial success, social life, spiritual life, athletic ability; what?

In my opinion a man is in today’s society is measured mostly on his financial success. Money is definitely one of the biggest things out there that we are judged by. I have heard a lot of people say that you aren’t successful unless you are rich. I have dealt with this issue in my head a lot in my past, and have come to realize that this isn’t necessarily true. There are several ways that we can be successful , and not be rich.

Another way I think that a man is measured in society is by his appearance. Now ladies I know this is something that you deal with as well, so I am not trying to exclude you from the issue. I am just saying that society judges our appearance as well. If a man is overweight, he is considered lazy. If he doesn’t dress well, he is considered a slob. I could go on and on.

I want to also mention that man is measured on his intelligence as well. Even though it isn’t the most popular thing to be considered, being a geek, dork, dweeb, nerd, or whatever actually has its’ perks. Intelligence kind of falls into that success category. A college education is huge! It is even getting to where an associates degree is being compared to a high school diploma. The higher the education you have, the more successful you will be.

The last thing I wanted to touch on today was a man’s spiritual life. In today’s society, that really isn’t measured that much. Why not? In my opinion, a man’s spiritual life develops and maintains his character as a person. I am not saying that we should be judging of others that don’t have a spiritual life, or even a weak one; what I am saying is that this part of a man should be at least considered.

What are your thoughts? How is someone measured to you? What characteristics of a person are most important to you?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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2 thoughts on “The Measure of a Man

  1. Society puts many pressures on men and women that keep us in bondage instead of leading us to true life – though that’s what those pressures supposedly promise. What I respect is when someone isn’t measuring themselves by society’s standards but seeking to be all that God created them to be. We are each unique with a grouping of characteristics unlike anyone else – and it is to live fully in that uniqueness and fulfiling God’s will in creating us and ultimately whatever that is will be most fulfilling to us as well.


  2. I have to agree fully. There are many pressures on a man that are sometimes really misunderstood, generalized and minimalized. We have to measure men on so many levels and am not sure if we can measure if we don’t understand. I believe that in order to get to any point of being able to understand where we all are we need to start looking within and give love and compassion for everyones status in life. We all have a life to live and we would be able to live them better if we could all just take a walk in each others shoes
    i have some more information on this that I think comes inline with the idea or a measure of a man. please consider posting this as well on your site

    concerned parent

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