Monday, February 25, 2008

Becoming a Man?

Why does it seem that for our young men it is becoming harder and harder to become REAL men? Now I'm not old by any count I am just beginning my 30's but as I look back at what I went through as a teenager and what teenagers today are dealing I don't know how they do it some times. One of the most glaring problems I see is who they look up to, the role models (if Charles Barkley wants to admit it or not) in their lives are not projecting the right picture of what it means to be a Man. Shame on us!

A couple of weeks ago during our scared gathering Jeff lead us in a prayer time for our young people, and then Pat posted about it on his blog (www.pathood.org). And now it has it home for me.

Yesterday, I was approached by a mother whose children went to the boys and girls club were I use to work. She to me that she and her oldest son had been having some problems and see just not know what to do next. I had the opportunity to take this young man in to a side room and talk for a few minutes and while we were talking it hit me. Who is teaching him how to be not just a man but a Godly Man.

It is the responsibility of every man who claims to be a follower of Christ to invest our lives in the young men around us, whether our sons our not. This is our responsibility and calling from God. This does not mean every man should work in the youth dept.(sorry Chris), but it means we as men should live our lives in such a way that we model Christ for the next Generation. I pray that when my daughter is old enough to be interested in some knuckle-head that someone has invested in him so that he knows how to treat her.

We are always role models for someone! Which path are you shining your light down.

1 comment:

Kelly said...

As Norah's future mother in law, I give you permission to knock some sense into B anytime you see the need!
I am much more aware of this now that I have a son and I am thankful for his Daddy.

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