Men protect women and children, especially members of their own family.
Man was created with a physically large and strong body, built for physical burden and endurance. Mature men are courageous in protecting and defending their family. It's instinctual. A king will defend and shield from harm those who need such care.
While learning how to be a protector, a man will grow in maturity. It's more than just a responsibility. It's an opportunity to grow, to mature. To protect women and children requires a development of strength and manliness. And when a man is unable to serve in this way, he suffers.
Historically, to protect meant to literally provide protection against things that would cause harm or create difficulties, such as the outside elements and predators, to find food to prevent starvation, to create warmth and keep away the cold. Today, I adjust the thermostat. It's not really the same.
3 Threats & Dangers
Where's the courage and the physical stuff? Well, it's still there and needed, but the threats and dangers are different. There are still outside elements and predators. They are just different. They are:
Let's learn about what they are.
Sexual assault. Sex is all over the place, particularly in the media. Children are being bombarded about sex from all kinds of sources. Shouldn't you teach be first in teaching them about it? A man is responsible for seeing that his wife and daughters understand the physical threats of assault. They must be prepared to avoid situations that would make them vulnerable.
Spiritual evil. A leader guards and protects against not only the physical things of this world, but also, and more importantly, the spiritual things. There's a war going on -- a spiritual one. Not everyone can see it. But it's happening.
Open your eyes. See what's really going on. You need to be the watchdog that guards against these outside spiritual influences, which can corrupt the mind and spirit of anyone in your home, under you blanket of protection. These evil influences include:
Anything that disrupts order, calm and peace in your mind is a spiritual evil. Anything that bumps you out of alignment and harmony with the Creator, the Spirit, the Universe.
Your home should be a place of peace, love and tranquility. Be aware when your home becomes a place of disorder, confusion and loud voices.
Hard elements. Hard elements are the obvious things such as: cold, excessive heat, bad weather, rough terrain, floods, mean dogs, spiders, etc. You get the picture. I often am asked to kill that spider, or walk with someone down into the basement where it's dark. Any bump in the night falls under my domain. I'm the protector.
A mature man protects his family. You are the protector. Be one.
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It was once said that the character of a man starts from his shoes and works its way up. The photo above is of my old work shoes. So, let's talk about a man's character. His role. Starting not with his shoes, but with his responsibilities as a man.
In my opinion, a man's most important responsibility is to be:
Just As a King
Just as a king is the head of his kingdom, so a man can be the head of the family (by proper arrangement and deliberate decision between the couple within the relationship). The man is built to be a protector of women and children. A man's body is large, strong and can endure. A man's temperament is adapted to be complementary to the position he bears.
My usefulness to my community is principally realized as I build a strong home, nurture a loving marriage and produce good kids.
A man's greatest failure would be to fail in his home. If his children are unruly, if his marriage is troubled, if his home is not peaceful, then he has failed. He has failed in the his most fundamental duty as a mature man. And no success in life can compensate for that failure. A man often feels that he is principally responsible for the family's success or failure. And other men who are married with children will judge that man based upon his family.
When a man is successful in being a guide, protector and provider; when his children grow up to be happy, smart, good kids; when he acts has the head of this household and rules it with leadership and love; and when he and his wife live in unconditional love and mutual respect, then he has made the most notable contribution to the world.
This is man's basic role.
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