Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. —Abraham Lincoln

Life outside the garden takes a toll on all of us. Some injuries are done to us through the careless fault of others. Some are our own brilliant doing. All come at a cost. The physical injuries and their painful disruptions, those pretty much heal up. Pretty much. Not so much when the injuries are of the spiritual kind. In the spiritual realm, as in the NFL, all men “play hurt” and, unfortunately, have learned to live with the pain. Spiritual injuries will affect a man for years and years to come. Our hearts, souls, and minds, like our bodies, carry with us the marks from lost battles, the scars and souvenirs of life’s injuries, spiritual and emotional pain that will eventually cause others pain.

Wounds to the heart work differently than wounds to the body. Arrows to the heart lodge there, and the infection is almost immediate and lasting, carrying guilt, shame, and fear from one stage of life to the next and the next when left untreated. How do we live with such pain?

We don’t. Survive, maybe; live, no.

Everyone except the enemy loses when we wound one another. And in the king stage, where men attain the zenith of their influence, we have exceptional power to keep the wounding going. It is the stage of either great opportunity or great calamity, and every man enters it limping. If our pain were physical, our doctor would want to know two things: Where does it hurt, and what is its history? Those same questions apply here. But there’s also a third question, and it’s the most important one of all: Do we try to live with the pain, or will we go to the One, the only one, who can heal us?

King Me

King Me

Every man has a kingdom. Not every king rules well.

You can.

Like a living piece in life's checker game, you are moving across the board toward your time of greatest authority and impact. But what kind of king will you be?

Your kingdom is always being watched, and your family and core relationships look to you to come through. You have an ancient adversary who is playing for keeps. You also have a fiercely loving Advocate who desires to guide you, teach you, and entrust you with more.

In King Me, Michael Thompson guides you through the six stages of the masculine journey in order to release you forward, oriented and equipped. Continuing beyond where The Heart of a Warrior left off, Michael kindly and wisely invites you to uncover your story, see the wounds of your past, and be initiated into the glory in your heart. Through healing encounters and validating experiences with God, you can learn to wield love as your greatest Kingdom weapon and provide a kingdom where hearts are free.

You are invited to become a man after God's own heart. You are always one move away from becoming more and advancing goodness, or becoming less and compromising your kingdom.

It's your move.