Tuesday, December 06, 2011

6 Ways to Help Your Boys Become Men

Desiring God shared a list of 6 components for helping boys become men.
1.  Knowledge of the contents of the Bible.
2.  Memorization of selected verses and passages of the Bible.
3.  Knowledge of the major teachings of the Bible (doctrine).
4.  Personal piety.
5.  Projects of service and mercy. Serving the church; serving the needy.
6.  Wisdom in dealing with various spheres of life
This list comes from an article written by Vern Poythress.  You can read the entire article for additional clarification and insight.  I have read the article, forwarded it to my wife, and hope to put some of the practices into place in our home.

Raising my boys to be men is an area of life where I never feel like I am doing enough.  Guilty feelings never seem far from me regarding the time and effort I put into raising my boys.  I know what I want to do, but I feel like I am never doing enough.  

This is why it is so crucial that when I get down about my parenting that I focus and preach the Gospel to myself.  I must confess and repent of my idolatry (worshiping the idea of being a perfect parent with perfect kids) and acknowledge that I will never be a perfect Father to my boys.  

However, there is one who always will be.  My boys have a Father in heaven who is in control of all that befalls them.  He is never tired, never caught off guard, never without involvement in my kids lives.  "Let the little children come to me," he says.  There is grace for me in my failure, and there is encouragement for me as I push forward.  
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