OK, so recently my girl friends and I… I mean my women friends and I… have been discussing the aspects and characteristics in men that we desire.
Some common aspects (NOTE: by no means is this an exhaustive list) are the following – just thought it’d be fun to write out.
REAL MEN that women HOPE to be PURSUED BY…
– Have intention, intention, intention – all rooted in respect! The key foundational words behind real men are “intention” and “respect.” Yes, real men open doors for you. But, they do so much more as well!
COURAGEOUS & BRAVE
FIRST OF ALL, they have the courage to contact you personally (step one), without the help of anyone else, to show you that THEY want to pursue YOU.
They have the guts to fearlessly approach you, taking the chance to be rejected by you, but also taking the greater chance to get to know your GREAT MYSTERY within!
And, if you acquiesce…
They call you up and tell you about where they would like to take you.
When that will happen.
And how it will all go down.
(Ladies, you don’t have to keep looking at your phone wondering, “When will he call / text?” If you’re doing this number, he’s probably not worth your time.)
GOOD DATE-PLANNERS: QUALITY TIME
Real men will take you out on dates that they think you will enjoy.
Moreover, they will have you meet people that they may think will be important to know or have you engage in activities that are personally meaningful. It won’t just be one-on-one mushy time all the time. It will be getting to know their friends and family, your friends and family, and you in all of your various “settings” and “activities”!
Real men plan activities that you can serve others through as well as get to know one another through.
Real men plan activities that you can bond, laugh, smile, and play through – but also seriously see one another’s true colors through.
Real men will ask and answer questions that they believe will lead you two to become closer.
Real men will be open in conversations, and not want to play games by hiding things, being manipulative, etc. They are healthily assertive, and are not domineering, passive, nor passive aggressive (watch out for all of these!).
Real men will be careful with their words, i.e. the first time they say “I love you” (is it too soon? that could be a red flag!).
Real men will also be careful about thinking about the first time they broach the subject of marriage and babies, as this can REALLY play mind tricks on a young woman.
(Think: oxytocin. Real men respect the oxytocin levels of women!)
Intention… Ah, what an attractive quality for a young man to have! Truly, intention can woo and whisk a young woman away. And respect in that intention is what makes it so golden!
– Get to really know you and have a long term objective in courting you. As illustrated above, real men have gotten to know you well before courting you. Yes – courting, not dating – read on for the difference. Real men become a friend first.
This “friends first” mentality and carefully thought-out courtship, versus spur-of-the-moment dating, helps protect the woman’s heart.
COURTING VS. DATING
Women are emotional beings. When men haphazardly date a woman, emotions usually end up mired and hurt. But when men intentionally court a woman, emotions are better protected and the woman usually feels truly cherished and cared for.
Now, I know this “dating” versus “courting” is a toughie, because a lot of men meet women and are just *taken* by them right away (who can blame them?). Thus, most men start chasing right away.
However, is this really being prudent about his heart or the woman’s heart? How often does this blind “chase” ever end up in a lasting marriage?
Rather, real men woo women by spending quality time with them – and especially in friend and family settings – to really get to know the woman.
What is her character? Her interests? Her hopes? Her dreams? The way she operates? Real men study.
ATTENTIVE NERDS, STUDYING THE ELUSIVE WOMAN
YES, real men are NERDS: they study the woman they love like it’s their job! Yes, even though women seem like all-too complicated, elusive mysteries to men.
The most important questions in her mystery”to be explored may be: “What are her beliefs, values, and morals? In what is her faith? What gets her up in the morning?”
Sharing the answers to these questions, and really growing in sharing those convictions and living them out, together, proves for a sturdy foundation that will last.
AIMING FOR A PHD
AND, when real men want to “go in for the PhD” in their woman – that is, when they have really gotten to know her, prayed for and thought about her, and believe she is marriage material – then and only then do they begin to pursue!
Mere “dates” actually turn into a relationship. An already-close friendship is taken to the next level. And that next level is not just a relationship; it’s courtship!
– Know how to provide financially. Real men save the courting for when they actually have a steady source of income and/or a career.
Why? Yes, because they want to make sure that they can pay for all those activities and dates. But moreover, because they yearn to support that “long term objective” of marrying the woman they are pursuing!
Real men have action plans about turning a relationship into a courtship and into a marriage.
A steady income, a house, health insurance, a car, car insurance, grocery bills, Internet and phone bills, electric and water bills… the cold hard realities of LIFE are endless.
Real men take these necessities into consideration because they want to make sure their princesses can eventually feel like queens who are well taken care of.
[NOTE: Of course, women often work and pitch in (or are even the main breadwinners), but real men don’t want that to be the case unless the woman has consented and agreed to do so.]
– Know how to provide emotionally. I am not saying that a real man always has to “be in touch with his feminine side” or talk about his feelings 24/7.
All I am saying is that women have emotional needs and ups and downs, and sometimes emotional times make a relationship seem like the craziest new roller coaster at the local Six Flags.
Real men know how to ride the roller coaster.
RESPECT, WONDER, & AWE FOR GENDER DIFFERENCES
Instead of just “dealing” with the emotions, and going along for the ride with a groan in his voice, a frown on his face, or a flaring temper – a real man appreciates that a woman is wired differently than he is: including her emotional workings.
Emotions are part of her beautiful design.
Instead of making her feel guilty or inadequate – or like she just needs to “man up” – a real man bears with his woman in patience, fidelity, and love, especially in her most emotional times.
Yes, sometimes she may ask very silly-sounding questions that just beg for some affirmation from her man. But her real man answers promptly and lovingly.
No mind games. No joking. No manipulation. Just love.
– Know how to lead spiritually. Real men are loyal – not only to their woman, but moreover, to their LORD Jesus Christ. [NOTE: Or, to their faith value system of choice. But do bear in mind that this is a Catholic/Christian blog :-).]
There is nothing more attractive than a man who says, “OK, we should start morning prayer!” or “Let’s pray night prayer before we’re too sleepy.”
PEACE OF SOUL
A man who has a close relationship with God has peace of soul.
And a man who has peace of soul is not just a “man.”
He is a man of God.
He is a soldier – a warrior – fighting for Truth and Beauty.
And what is Truth? His Faith.
And Who is Beauty? Our LORD Jesus Christ, but also… his beloved beauty: his girlfriend, fiance, or wife!
There is nothing more attractive than a real man who wants to bring his woman to God – to present her, holy, pure, unblemished! A real man wants to carry his woman to the gates of Heaven, and in the end be able to say:
“Here she is, LORD. I’ve loved her to the best of my ability every day of my life. I’ve tried to place her above me every day of my life. I’ve tried to die to myself for her every day of my life.” What, oh what, is more romantic than that?!
YES, a real man wants to help his woman to be as fruitful as her Creator has designed
her to become.
A real man wants to help his woman to be FULLY ALIVE in Our LORD Jesus Christ.
– Knows how to protect. Especially in terms of chastity. There is no questioning and there is no joking about chastity or “chastity rules”, respectively, for it and they are no laughing matter.
Who cares if the world thinks you two are prudes, or “not in with the times”?
Real men know they have a battle worth fighting for: true love.
Real men know who they are fighting for in this battle: their souls, and the soul of their woman. All for the glory of God: for Love Himself.
NO “FLIPPY-FLOPPY” OR SNEAKY “CONVINCING”
Chastity-wise, in times of passionate encounter (which in any healthy relationship there will be!), real men ask no questions like, “Can I do this?” or “What about that?” re: obviously unchaste acts.
Real men do not finagle their way around their woman’s moral code regarding her physical boundaries.
In the heat of the moment, a real man does not get her to “change her mind.”
BOTTOM LINE: A real man does not want his woman to feel used at any cost!
RATHER, real men know what their physical boundaries are, and they establish them by discussing them with their woman at the beginning of the relationship and all along the way.
MASTERY OF DISCPLINE & SELF-CONTROL
Turn a woman on, and you’re playing with her heart.
Real men understand this and remain gentlemen by not intentionally igniting their woman’s passions in a very tempting way.
Real men always strive to protect their woman’s purity. And when they mess up, a quite human thing to do, they step it up a notch. Pretty simple.
Real men DO NOT just immediately say (or text, Facebook message, and/or e-mail) empty words of affection to the woman to whom they are merely attracted. Instead, they save that for when they really have decided to love the woman.
Real men DO build up to the point of “I love you” and “Will you marry me?,” so that when they finally do say those words, they mean it.
Real men DO NOT lay around with their woman’s minds or hearts, emotionally or physically. (Kind of a no-brainer.)
Real men DO make sure that they are not careless with their woman’s mind or heart, emotionally and physically. Real men DO truly cherish their beloved woman by saying, “You’re worth the wait.” Real men save passionate sexual expression and sex for marriage for they ardently believe that…
Only a forever vow from a real man can earn a woman 100% body and soul.
Yes, a real man courts a sought-after woman like a real gentleman!
“SHE’S GOD’S DAUGHTER FIRST & MY SIGNIFICANT OTHER SECOND”
And a real man does not think “she’s mine,” but rather: “I am going to pursue this daughter of God in order to earn her. Then, and only then, after my pursuit and my fight for her, do I have the right to call her mine as well as God’s.”
DEVOTED & VALIANT WARRIOR: “MY WOMAN IS WORTH THE FIGHT”
Real men protect their woman, provide for their woman, and love their woman.… by devotedly and valiantly chasing their woman as if she is standing at the top of a castle turret! Yes, real men know that they are standing at the bottom, professing their love for her, but moreover, climbing, tooth and nail, to the very top!
[Think: a man literally using his front teeth to climb that stone wall! YES. THAT IS A REAL MAN.]
Real men heroically love their woman by showing her that she is worth being fought for, and earned, via virtue and strength.
Well, I may have missed many things, but…
Real women, I know that you know what your FEMININE HEART wants. Do not be afraid to look for that courageous man who will be gentle with you, respect you, pursue you, and fight for you, every day!
Do not be afraid to look for a man who will be selfless enough to know that love is sacrifice.
In a world of boys, it’s hard to find real men, but it’s worth waiting for that real man. Your dignity and true love are calling.