Celebrating Good Men

Negative sells. That’s why we subconsciously think dads are dead beats by default in the news world.

The opposite is true, however, at least in my little corner of the map.

So here’s to highlighting two amazing men that humbly represent manhood to their generation, two men who’ll never make the 6 o’clock news simply for being great: Jason Clement (center) and Nathan Reimer (right).

Men who endeavor to be faithful husbands; who care deeply about the physical and spiritual wellbeing of their wives and children; who work more than their share of long hours in order to be proven good stewards; who are faithful friends, spanning time and distance; and who’ve resolved to point their children toward Jesus by first submitting their own lives before God as living examples of obedience, most often feeling they’ve missed the mark when the Father is thrilled that they’re even trying.

We’re charged in Titus 1 to be “lovers of good men.” And I’m honored to call them two of my very dearest friends. So glad they could finally meet yesterday.

Negative may sell, but it’s forgotten. Positive leaves legacy. ch:

CELEBRATE A GOOD MAN YOU KNOW. LEAVE A COMMENT ABOUT THEM.

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  • Kim Ingerson

    Let me be the first to celebrate my husband!! I have seen my husband “take the bull by the horns” and resolve to be a good and godly husband and father. I have seen him sacrifice so much in order to serve our children and myself. He has denied himself and his desires in order do what is right and lead our family to Christ. And I see the Lord working in his heart everyday, transforming him to be more like Jesus and loving me like Christ loves the Church. Thank you for posting this, Christopher, and I see a need for us to honor the men in our lives who daily fight the battle to be men after God’s own heart. I applaud you, and so many other men that I know, who are rising up and wearing the mantle that God has placed on them to lead by example! Praise God for you all!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Here, here! Knowing Jamie personally, I agree in every way with you. Thank you for sharing here. Just awesome. And appreciate your kind words, too.

  • http://none Glade

    My Papa would have to be first on my list of good men. He is honestly the most optimistic, cheerful, loving, and generous man I’ve ever known. He works hard for his family, is a God-honoring man and a true gentleman. He always takes time to spend with me and Mama no matter how busy he is, and he’s always ready to listen. I love you, Papa, and though I say the words so often, I need to take more time to honor you for them, and for being all you are. I thank the True King for making you. And thank you, Sir Hopper, for reminding us to celebrate the truly great men in our society today.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Well said, Glade. I can only hope such words of praise come from my daughter’s lips. your father sounds like an honorable man, and is surely very proud of you. Here’s to a tremendous man in society.

  • Yael

    MY MAN! I’m so proud of my husband, the sacrifices I see each day, working, having quality times with the boys, his espiritual life, loving and serving God, and standing me! Lol That makes me love him every day more, wanting to be a good wife, mother, friend, woman of God <3 Well Fabio is AMAZING ;) but guess what? In faith I want to celebrate 2 futures good men I kinda know : my sons… I know they'll be great men of God!
    Love you bro!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      “That makes me love him every day more, wanting to be a good wife, mother, friend, woman of God.”

      You’ve touched on an amazing Biblical concept here. If “Adam” will just act like Jesus, “Eva” will naturally follow him. She can’t help it! It’s in her DNA!

      Fabio is a wonderful man; and you are a wise women to see the future of your two sons.

      We adore and miss you, Yael. SPAIN FOR JESUS!

  • Little_Tab

    I know too many to choose just one!

    Husband Rodgers…who has come through things that most would use as an excuse to be broken and bitter…but loves the Lord and has such am intimacy that I am moved. Proves that wholeness is a DECISION, and he has made it. He has beautiful dreams, more love, courage, and compassion than he thinks, and takes such good care of me! I know that wherever he leads this family, it will be places saturated with service and Jesus. Plus he is stubbornly faithful to me. A true man of worth and strength that the next generation can learn what it truly means to be a man from when media fails to show them masculinity in truth.

    Duane Kirkwood…who has a fiery passion to pursue the deep things of the Lord, has quite the anointing, and constantly sacrifices for the well being of his family. And what am example of what it means to just weep with love for the king.

    Judah Kirkwood…overcomer of so many obstacles trying to steal his very life…and yet now he stands tall and leads others into worship. Humble and gentle and full of sacrifice and service for his family. Exhausts himself for others but stays cheery all the while!

    Gabriel Kirkwood…has completely surrendered his life over to God and teaches me about compassion, gentleness, and intimacy with the Lord and had prophetically spoken and lifted my
    spirits many times.

    Jesse Kirkwood…when he was 8 years old he did an act more Christlike than most of us may get in our entire lives…he laid down his life to save that of another. But he has even more purpose than that…and he is chasing dreams and faithfully pursuing excellence to glorify the Lord with.

    Time does not allow to tell of the amazing men here in New York whose speaking the difficult truth in love has brought me much freedom! Pastor Kirk and Christopher, I owe much to your faithfulness!!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Beautiful words. I’ll not distract or detract from them further than simply saying I agree. Well said.

  • Christian Fahey

    My 3 fathers. 1) Byron William “Joe” Graham–a young, wild criminal who gave me up for adoption after he was sent to prison (better part of 18 years). Came out of prison and became a model citizen and got in touch with me years later. Proved that criminal recidivism is NOT de facto reality. 2) Jim Fahey–the man who adopted me. Dad. Raised all of us to work hard and contribute to our community and churches. Though he made mistakes in younger years, he learned from them and showed that failure is not permanent nor does it define a human being forever. As long as one extracts the lessons. 3) Paul A. Gorelick–my Jewish stepdad. He flunked out of his first year of college in the 1950′s. Instead of giving up, he learned from the experience and went on to graduate from Des Moines School of Medicine (class of 1965) at the top of his class. Was one of the first specialists Lapeer County General Hospital had ever seen. A wunderkind. He practiced medicine with unequaled excellence, for the next 40 years–all the while having multiple sclerosis, which eventuated in his quadriplegia. Yet it did not keep him down. I am the unique beneficiary of three men who did not let personal failure or physical challenges limit them. I love them all and want to be worthy of their legacy. Yes!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Incredible. You’ve touched on some profound themes here, and your succinctness of it all makes me appreciate who you are even more.

      Who you are already – in being a good husband, and sending 2 honed arrows flying to their marks as father – speaks to these mens’ honor. But I know what’s to come will speak to your own even more.

    • Christian Fahey

      Thanks C. Your words mean tons–TONS! Those little chicks are gonna change the world! Have fun in NC and give Nat and Joe love from Kath and I–pleeeeez.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      I definitely will; I’ll see them tomorrow night for dinner. Mucho loveo!

  • http://noahsreads.blogspot.com Noah Arsenault

    Let me guess, you just watched Courageous? It was great :D

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Ha, no. But good guess. Just aware of the men I serve beside in life.

      I heard the movie was great, too.

  • http://Www.dreamingprincess.wordpress.com Beth Walrath

    Where do I start? My life has been filled with many wonderful men. My dad always a leader, putting others first & trying his best to be everything my mom & us kids need.
    I could list many more some uncles, Jody Meeks, Peter Allen, Dawson Allen, Ron Mitchell.. They have all been heroes in my life. My camp director Diamond Dave Smith is a wonderful father/ husband who every summer for te past 20+ years gave up his summer to lead young adults & mentor them to become great leaders & followers of Christ. Even after the death of his wife he still devotes his time to creating the next generation of Godly men & women. True inspiration, love that man!
    Of course, I can’t forget you. A wonderful example of what a dad & husband should be. You put your family first & still give so much to others. You are a honorable man of God, with so much more a head of you.

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Honored to be on that list. Those are some incredible guys.

  • Billy Jepma

    Well, I couldn’t mention good men without talking about my awesome Dad. I mean, he works all day, wakes up at 5 come home around 6, that’s a lot of work, especially when you’re putting up with all kinds of weirdos. And then he comes home in smiles, with an intent to spend time with all of us. Not just in passing, but personally. He also finds time to work out in his busy schedule, something I’m finding hard to do, and my schedule isn’t even half the size of his. And even on the weekends, instead of lying on the couch, he’s outside mowing in the summer, or plowing in the winter. I’m just so blessed to have him as a Dad. I would be honored to be half the man he is someday, thanks for posting Christopher, :)

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Your dad is pretty amazing, I must say, and a phenomenal example to follow of Christ’s love. You are well on your way, Billy. Press in.

  • http://dadscancooktoo.com Nathan R.

    Chris, I’m honored to be called your friend and brother. It was great to catch a glimpse of your life and I relish in your example of fatherhood.

    My father, even though he was busy with ministry and traveling took the time to be there when I really needed him. If I can just do that for my kids then it’s all worthwhile.

    love your guts!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      The feelings are (obviously) mutual. Thanks for making the effort to drive up, too. Meant a lot to me as I know your time is precious. Your lovely wife and children are remarkable.

      My guts are duly loved.

  • http://www.jenniferhopperphoto.com Jennifer Hopper

    To the best man I know, the one who wrote this post you are indeed an incredible example of how Christ loved the church and of being a father who loves his children beyond measure even when they smear crap on our bedroom door handle. You love me like no one else could and you are truly my soul mate. I cannot imagine my life without you and just when I think life can’t get better than this you prove me wrong. I love you endlessly you make my heart keep singing. There is truly no one like you. Love Jenny

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      I adore you endlessly. You honor me with words, but also with your commitment in life – to Jesus first, and then to me. I am honored among men. Prov. 31

  • Sarah Rice

    The Greatest guy ever… My Dad!!!
    I don’t know where to even begin… He has always been there for me. He has been teacher, protector, friend and DADDY! He was the one I could run to when I was little and I had nightmares. He taught me and my siblings to honor God, to be passionate about our beliefs and to stand strong. I LOVE YOU DADDY!!!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Man, that’s awesome. If I knew him, I’d be texting him to read this. Great stuff, Sarah.