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.
A man's most important responsibility is to be:
Just as a king is the head of his kingdom, so is a man as the head of the family. The man is born 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, he has failed. He has failed in the his most fundamental duty as a man. And no success in life can compensate for it. A man is principally responsible for the family's success or failure.
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, then he has made the most notable contribution to the world.
This is man's basic role.
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