Last year Brian Francis Hume posted the following comment on his status update for Facebook after returning home from a retreat:
"This past weekend I went to a men's retreat with a wonderful group. ALL the young men (in their 30s) made statements about their need to do something SIGNIFICANT with their lives. It seemed as if they felt they weren't seizing the opportunities to do so. Why do you think this is such a common theme among men in this age demographic (myself included)?"
In response were a few insightful comments including one by Kelly Deppen that was helpful.
"That's a two-edged sword, isn't it? One one side, this is a valid feeling as men are not getting eternal significance from living out roles, careers and so on. They may need a benediction or blessing over them to release them to grab these opportunities.
Secondly, men are not taught or 'allowed' to derive Significance from Fatherhood. Often that gets relegated to Providerhood. Take your child up in your arms and gaze into those eyes---how can you not know you are significant?...
OK, thirdly, maybe they equate significant with BIG. Maybe that paradigm gets broken first. Jesus had this one all wrapped up. The little children are most significant, a little child will lead...when you have spiritual eyes to SEE the small people, the children, the seemingly insignificant---then you go on and do the stuff of a larger scale.
Could it be?
Love you Brian.
YOU ARE VERY SIGNIFICANT."