Saturday, November 12, 2005

Emotional Fitness For Men

This morning we had our regular Men's Breakfast at Community of Hope. Terry Leblanc shared his story of how he became a Christ follower. Jesse and Robert cooked up some good food and even Winston got into the act bringing his world famous porridge.

Lately there has been a lot of talk about the big chili cookoff coming to CoHo on Grey Cup Sunday. Danny is the reigning champ but Shanley, Chris, and Jeff among others are taking aim at the title. It reminds me of the old church bulletin blooper that read "A chili supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow." Perhaps not the kind of music we're used to enjoying at Community of Hope!

All of the frivolity aside, I love the cameraderie and honest relationships that the men of CoHo are working towards. A great resource I've recently come accross concerning men is the book and accompanying website for "Sweating From Your Eyes" by Dave Loney. The book focus's on the concept of "emotional fitness for men".

The website contains the following explanatory material on what “emotional fitness” is and why it's important for men:

"Emotional fitness is the ability to deal with life’s challenges in a positive way. It means taking control over your choices and actions, having the inner strength to be who you want to be. Becoming emotionally fit is important, because it enables you to live at peace with yourself and those around you. By becoming emotionally fit, you will be able to resolve conflicts faster and avoid the sand traps of self-condemnation, anger, and resentment."

It isn’t easy being a “real man” in today’s super fast, high pressure world and we need to rethink how that looks and feels. The principles found in Dave Loney’s wonderful new book Sweating From Your Eyes help us do that. They provide men with a road map to balance their lives both at home and at work through developing emotional strength, endurance and agility.
Dr. Bob Woodburn

If you're interested in becoming a better man I encourage you to pick up the book. If you're strapped for time try the online survey at

You won't regret the small amount of time that can get you well on your way on the journey to emotional fitness. Your wife, your friends, your kids and even coworkers will all appreciate the effort. More than that though, you'll experience the satisfaction of knowing that you're doing everything in your power to become the man God wants you to be.


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