Dear Mr. Man…

February 18, 2009

Man Up!

Filed under: Manhood — P. J. Easter @ 10:09 pm
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Q: Dear Mr. Man.

Why do you say “Man Up!” all of the time?

A: Typically when someone hears “Man Up”, it comes across almost as a challenge of a one’s manhood. It is typically preceded by a statement of unmanly behavior and being told to “man up” (example: “Dude, don’t be a punk. Man up! You still have nine fingers left.”). This attitude reinforces the belief by some that men have to be unfeeling and insensitive in order to be considered strong. Rather than a challenge of manhood, I consider it more of a call to manhood.

This definition of “Man Up” from Urban Dictionary.com best describes how I think the phrase should be used:

“to fulfill your responsibilites as a man, despite your insecurities and constant ability to place yourself in embarrasing and un-manly scenarios. “

Man up is a call to males (and unfortunately females who have assumed the responsibilities of a failed man) everywhere to step up to the plate and to be the fathers and husbands and providers and friends and spiritual leaders and MEN that God intended us to be.

It is a call to raise our children and to provide for them. It is a call to teach your boys how to be men by letting  them see how you treat your wife and daughters. It is showing them that even though you may not live in the same house, you are never far away. It is holding your wife’s hand in public and telling her that you love her unashamedly.To man up is to play with your children even though you are so tired you can barely walk. To man up is to go for something that you really, really want. Then you fail in the achievement of that goal. 

You fall down. You feel emotions that come with it. You get up. Then you try again.

God created man in His image. God loves. God hates (sin). God smiles. God weeps. God mourns. If God were a man, wouldn’t He be the ultimate one to “man up”?

 Why should we as men be any less? Why would you want to be?

Brothers, don’t be afraid to…

Man up!

Mr. Man

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10 Comments »

  1. LOVED THIS POST. 😉

    Stopping by from Dad Blogs…I’ll be back to read more! Have a great weekend!

    Comment by Melisa — February 20, 2009 @ 6:48 am | Reply

  2. Well said!

    Comment by Gunfighter — February 20, 2009 @ 9:38 am | Reply

  3. great post…i’m stopping by from dad blogs, too 🙂

    Comment by ciara — February 20, 2009 @ 11:49 am | Reply

  4. Great post. Glad you are apart of FF. Keep it coming.

    Comment by Joe — February 20, 2009 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

  5. Awesome post! I hope that more men answer the call to “Man Up”. It’s disappointing to see how many children grow up with out a father figure… even ones that physically have a father living with them! Keep up the great work! P.S.- I also came by from DadBlogs

    Comment by Geno — February 20, 2009 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

    • @Geno. Sad, but true that many kids have dads living with them don’t man up. We need to remember that our kids take their cues from us. Often we fail to man up emotionally.

      Comment by Mr. Man — February 20, 2009 @ 10:44 pm | Reply

  6. Great points. We need to step up to the plate as Men. Keep up the good posts.

    Comment by Craig — February 20, 2009 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  7. I couldn’t agree more. I think the call is often misinterpreted by people as a challenge.

    Comment by pete — February 23, 2009 @ 10:54 am | Reply

    • @pete. You’re right. And what man do you know takes a challenge to his manhood in a constructive manner. However, when it is viewed as a calling, any positively motivated individual wil step up to the plate.

      Comment by Mr. Man — February 23, 2009 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  8. […] BTW, Burger King. I like the Jack In The Box commercials sooooo much better. Stop your cheesy imitations of my boy, Jack. Man up! […]

    Pingback by Burger King…Have You Lost Your Damn Mind? « Dear Mr. Man… — April 15, 2009 @ 9:48 pm | Reply


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