Many older people are haunted by wounds they have inflicted on others, especially family or friends. The injuries they caused have become the ones they themselves bear. Among the elder-sages I have counseled, the burden of being unforgiven is common. Those men’s regrets aren’t holy; guilt and shame force them to live paroled rather than forgiven and free. Receiving forgiveness from those a man has wounded is a powerful antidote to guilt, shame, and regret. It is both an elder-sage’s challenge and his opportunity. It is a courageous thing to pursue forgiveness, for it is a vulnerable space to enter. Maybe that is why so few do. The enemy has much to lose when forgiveness is pursued. Two hearts are involved, both of them have much to gain, and so does the kingdom at large. So there is opposition, with the potential for pain, and no guarantee the other person will forgive.

True, the Christ follower is already forgiven by God through the work of the cross and resurrection—but will he receive that forgiveness and allow God to weed the garden of his heart? Whose voice will he listen to? The enemy’s: “You don’t deserve this”? Or the Father’s: “I forgive you. Stop trying to pay for something my Son has already paid for. Just receive it, and let me love you in the grief and regret. Lay this down so I can hold you up.”

Of love’s great gifts, forgiveness—and the grace to receive forgiveness—is the greatest, and a very humbling one. The best elder-sages are the ones who have let forgiveness do its work in them, washing away the stains of guilt and shame and replacing them with powerful and empowering humility and grace.

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.