for a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. (1 Cor 16:9)
Life is full of doors. You’ve already encountered thousands of doors, both literally and figuratively, in your first 16 years of life, but the doors you encounter in the next few years may be the most significant. The next few years may shape your life. Besides determining where you’ll live or what you choose as a career, the next few years will play a significant role in deciding what kind of man you become. And as much as I wish it were easy, becoming a man, a real man, is not a simple process. There’s not just one door to open and POW, you’re a man. There’s a long series of doors. And it’s not just the doors you choose open or close, but it’s what you do while you’re at the door as well.
Chances are, you’re itching for freedom and self-determination. Soon, you’ll be moving away from home and starting your own journey of independence. No more curfew, no more chores, nobody telling you what to do or when to do it. You are free. That means you’re a man now…right?
Make no mistake, choosing to walk out the door of your parent’s house is certainly a huge step in the right direction, but it doesn’t automatically make you a man. There are grown-up boys all over this country who haven’t lived with their parents for decades and don’t have the slightest clue what it means to be a man. The ability to live on your own, drive, and vote are legal doors that are opened to you when you turn 18, but those alone don’t make you a man.
Paul mentioned in 1 Corinthians 16 that there was is a great and effective door opened to him. The exact same thing is true in your life. The world is a wide-open door waiting for you to do great work, but at the same time, there are many who opposed Paul and there are many that will oppose you. How you handle the world and those who oppose you will be the greatest determining factor in your quest for genuine manhood. This book is designed to show you a series of doors at which you must make a decision… and despite what the world may tell us, there is only one right answer. Every door is a decision. Some will be easy and some are truly impossible, but know this, it’s not the doors that make the man, it’s the action of the one holding the key.