I realize it's only January, but I believe that Paul Maxwell's article "Let's Stay" may just be the best article I'll read all year. Maxwell gets at the heart of the problems plaguing young men in our society:
"We want to be the heroes of our own stories, and of the stories of others. For men in the twenty-first century -- a time when heroism is measured by popularity and admiration, quantified publicly by social-media followers -- going viral is perceived as a more meaningful success than becoming virtuous; we gladly choose the fame that succeeds over the faith that needs."
But when that kind of fame and success is unattainable, the consequences are shattering: "The higher we climb this ladder -- the deeper our devotion grows to this myth about being the beloved hero -- the more devastating the consequences of failure. The more visceral and soul-destroying the consequences of remaining unrecognized."
That is when, Maxwell writes, men need to realize that they were never meant to be the hero of their own stories. They were made for something better -- to be satisfied by the real Hero of the story.
Please read this important article, and pass it along to any man you know who's struggling.