Macho does not Prove Mucho

Here’s a quote from a lady who has had a bit of experience with men in her life. It’s excellent!

“Macho does not prove mucho.
Zsa Zsa Gabor

To connect this spiritually: what does it mean to be a man? In 1 Kings 2:2-3 King David tells his son Solomon: “[B]e though strong, therefore, and shew thyself a man.” Thus, being strong is being a man. But in what sense? David goes on: “And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments… that though mayest prosper in all that thou doest.”

So there it is: being a man means being strong in the Lord; humble enough to say: I’m gonna walk with God in my life, staying sensitive to the needs of my fellow men.

There is nothing wrong with muscles, of course (I even had some once). But they can never replace our spiritual muscles. And besides, when we leave this place someday, those are the only kinds of muscle we can bring with us. So why not make the effort and train them as well as we can – while we still have the opportunity.

I wish we men could pay more attention to the words of Paul, who describes the real essence of manhood: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave his life for it” (Ephesians 5:25).

The real macho man never takes. He only gives.

2 replies »

  1. I agree with Zsa Zsa’s quote – and she probably should know, since she has had about eight husbands (I think) so far! The term “macho” is one of those words which is a little difficult to precisely define. It implies a certain amount of physical strength, combined perhaps with a need or desire to demonstrate that strength through actions, and even a certain type of attitude. However, being macho is not necessarily a good indicator of character.

    I think the Bible passage you referred to could also indicate that it’s often too easy to just “go with the flow” and do the same as everyone else, even though that may be the wrong thing to do. Just because a majority of people may do or believe something, does not necessarily make it right. It takes a person with a great deal of “strength of character” to go against the flow, and try to do what is right and proper, even though it may sometimes involve personal sacrifice or suffering. To those who possess such strength, doing the right thing usually eventually brings its own rewards.

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