TLP Inspiration: July 16, 2018

A Man About Town

Good Monday from the Heartland.

What exactly is “a man about town?”

I’m not quite sure but I think he’s kind of a cool guy…

There are a lot of ways to describe the attributes of a “cool guy” I suppose, and they would surely start with one’s own idea of what “cool” is.  Of course, this takes us back to the original idea for this blog: “references”

Our individual frames of reference will determine for us what is “cool.”  If our past experiences tell us that dressing well is a really good thing, then we might say that a guy who dresses well is “cool.” If a cocky attitude and under-spoken confidence are good, then a guy who dresses well, is a bit cocky and who has a sense of under-spoken confidence might be a “man about town.”

If we took a view like this, we would be taking a view that is directed by our culture.

Let’s try a view formed by frames of reference other than those provided by our culture… just for fun.

What attributes might a godly man or woman possess?  Humility, faith, kindness and consideration for others might fit the bill.  As you might imagine, a person who has godly attributes may not exactly have the same attributes as our culture would dictate, but then if we were to add things like dressing well and a quiet confidence we might find that we are describing a person who is godly… and who has an appeal to people in our culture who are not yet Christians.  Why, it might just be that we have stumbled upon someone who might have a little bit of influence with those outside of Christ.

Now let’s just try to imagine one more step.  If by exchanging our old frames of reference with some new ones that come from Scripture and then adding a little bit of class to our walk around town we can develop some influence, isn’t it more likely that we might be able to reach more people for Christ?  Now before you accuse me of advocating being a phony, please consider that what I’m suggesting here is simply that we behave well.  Behaving well is an admirable quality that is not fake, but rather encouraged by Scripture.  As Ambassadors for Christ, we each are His representatives in this world and maybe  we can do a better job of acting like it.

Maybe all of us should become a man or woman about town.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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11 Responses to TLP Inspiration: July 16, 2018

  1. I looked into the term Man About Town when I heard it in the lyrics A Well Respected Man. It refers to a man who can be described as a blend of Sean Connery and Hugh Hefner. A well dressed, well mannered, sophisticated, playboy.

  2. I think Bruce Wayne started off that way as well, until they changed his persona to more of a recluse.

  3. One of the places I’ve most seen our influence as Christians tank is in a restaurant setting. In the past I’ve been with ‘cool’ Christians who complain loudly about the food and send it back to the kitchen more than once. While it may be necessary on occasions to send the food back, it should not be a pattern, and it can be done graciously.
    And then there is the tip. Christians are notorious for low or no tips. That is not ‘cool’ in any way.
    Let’s act like the One we profess. He is gracious, merciful and generous. Just sayin’.

    • Don Merritt says:

      My personal favorite is being cut off in traffic by a car with an “I love Jesus” bumper sticker

    • I would go one further on this, shouldn’t restaurants (esp. Christian owned) pay a living wage so that tips can become what they are in other countries – rare, and a token of an exceptional job? I remember when restaurants based salaries on a 10% tip, now most base it on 20%, even though most people still tip in the 10-15% range, leaving the staff at a lower wage.

  4. Gary Fultz says:

    There is always room to reset the standard I’m thinking.

  5. Now this is what I call “thinking outside the box!” Brother Don, that’s so cool!!! 😉 Great inspiration here!!!

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