Haven’t gone anywhere, just busy. But Dalrock looks to be hanging it up. He has influenced many including myself and he will be missed.
The parable is obviously about the gospel, but there are good other analogous lessons from it.
Matthew 13:3 And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; 4 and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. 6 But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. 8 And others fell on the good soil and *yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.”
One of the things when helping and mentoring men I’ve run into over the years is the soil type. Some men take to godly masculinity and other tough topics (e.g. attraction and marriage in the Bible) much quicker than others. Some will want to debate you or vehemently disagree.
Overall, it’s good to be sowing that seed everywhere, but when going from just chatting and helping to mentoring or discipling you want to focus on the ones in good soil (those who want to learn and grow). I know this is obvious in hindsight or when thinking about it, but it’s easy to get distracted into the similar concepts of wanting the men to change.
We can’t change or influence the soil or get the seed to grow. That’s God’s job. But we can plant and water, and it needs to be done in right amounts. Focus on the fruitful areas, but be ready for God to work on the rocky areas when necessary.