The film “MUD” and “Manhood”
Last night, I watched the film “MUD” starring Matthew McConaughey and a stellar cast directed by Jeff Nichols and it brought these ideas together. A mighty bunch of conclusions about boys becoming men and men who stay boys.
Here’s the “MUD” trailer:
This film deals with a rich amount of themes, among them, love, and how it potentially effects us as young boys and into manhood.
As a “coming of age” film, it carries an honest portrayal devout love and friendship. It amplifies how we were once boys seeking adventure and suddenly turning to woo our maiden, to rescue her, to conquer the dragon holding her captive and bring her to safety.
The film alone is a literary feat and it deserves its own blog post and will certainly garner such a complete response from me, but for now the basic message:
“Wild Mud, Lost boy?”
Remebering, John Eldredge’s words, author of “Wild at Heart” brought this to light for me…
Its an instinct us men tend to deal with. The instinct to be our lady’s hero…to climb the mountains of rough and wild terrain in order to bring her to our secret place behind the waterfall. We are Robin hood and she’s our Maid Marion.
But we cannot be her ALL, we cannot make her our adventure…it’s a trap to keep us away from seeking our God.
If the sight of our beloved moves us to love them, then YES do it without reserve, but know the source…
God is Love and He can show us how to do it in such a way they will want to be a part of it all.
I had this thought as soon as the credits to “Mud” began:
“A man needs adventure, a greater purpose outside himself to find dignity, but gentlemen, a woman should NEVER be this adventure. With wisdom, our focus and determined spirit, will entice them to join our journey, to be our companions. Honor your love today by thanking her for staying the course. Men, if you can’t, then perhaps you need to refocus… MaJeLiv!! – a concept I learned, and striving to apply, from the book “Wild at Heart”
“Love like Mud, but make God your Island”
In the film, “Mud” waits for his beloved on an island, if we could be more devoted to the journey as we wait, at our island, then she may turn up..maybe…
Maybe something greater will turn up…
Once we find ourselves smitten, we better hope to God we know enough about Him so we can learn more about ourselves and our full potential to love our lady.
True, our homes are broken to begin with, I came from one myself, and learning to love my wife, as a good woman deserves to be loved has been a LONG journey. But once I knew what I had to do to keep her enchanted I went for it.
“Risk it all Like Mud”
Yes we run the risk our lady may not respond, she may leave and in more ways than one say “no”…
But by bringing the best of you as God guides you, you give her every reason to say “yes” and that should suffice…
And if you find your heart, your God, your Father, then you cannot lose your purpose. A broken heart will always be a possible hazard in the dance of love, but the pain will make more sense when you can see through His eyes.
“Love Wiser than Mud”
And by wiser I mean more intensely from God. So buck up men, seek the face of the Father and find your true adventure…it lies well beyond your beloved, your workplace and your bank accounts. It begins with your heart and goes back into your life and into eternity.
I wish you well on your journey…Godspeed!
Don’t know where to start?
Read “Wild at Heart” and MaJeliv!!