What if?

What if those deep desires in our hearts are telling us the truth, revealing to us the life we were meant to live? God gave us eyes so that we might see; he gave us hearts that we might live. The way we handle the heart is everything. A man must know he is powerful; he must know he has what it takes. (Wild at Heart, p.18)

wild@heartGod is up to something with men – something mythic, profound, powerful, and beautiful. He’s after the hearts of men, freeing us to be what we are – men made in God’s image. Passionate, alive, free, living from the heart, not from the list of “shoulds” and “ought tos” that has left so many of us tired, bored, and in a spiritual malaise. God is pursuing, rescuing, and unalterably changing the lives and hearts of men around the world.

Why is it that most messages and ministries for men ultimately fail? The reason is simple: They ignore what is deep and true in a man’s heart, his real passions, and simply try to shape him up through various forms of pressure. Verbally or non-verbally they say, “This is the man you ought to be. This is what a good husband/father/Christian/churchgoer ought to do.”

Fill in the blanks from there. He is supposed to be responsible, sensitive, disciplined, faithful, diligent, dutiful, etc. These are good qualities. But, men need something more, something deeper. They need a change that emanates from their hearts.

When we take folks through a discipleship program whereby they master any number of Christian precepts, they miss the most important thing of all, the very thing for which we were created; intimacy with God. There are, after all, those troubling words Jesus spoke to those who were doing all the “right” things:
“Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.’” (Matt 7:23)

Knowing God. That’s the point. After all- aren’t we “followers of Christ?” Then by all means, let’s actually follow him. Not ideas about him. Not just his principles. Him. Now. Today. (Waking the Dead, p.96)

Our hope is that such an encounter with God will:

• Give a man back his heart • Show him his place in the battle • Begin to teach him how to live

And so, The Wild at Heart Boot Camp is not a retreat about the seven things a man ought to do to be a nicer guy. It is a four-day quest into the recovery of a man’s masculine soul, the release of a mans heart – his passions, and his true nature – all of which has been given him by God. It’s an invitation to rush the fields at Bannockburn, to go West, to leap from the falls and save the beauty. For if a man is going to know who he truly is as a man, if he is going to find a life worth living, love a woman deeply, and not pass on his confusion to his children, he simply must get his heart back.