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June 7, 2014

Teaching boys to become men, not just males

Father’s Day is almost here and while in this column I could share about being a father and grandfather, permit me instead to share some thoughts about being a man.

Being a man goes far beyond being a male, which is simply a biological fact. Being a man is how a male, that is at least eighteen years of age, strives to live his life. This is a relational and emotional fact!

Paul shares with the Church at Corinth: “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11)

I am always studying males and men, not only because God has blessed me with a “ministry of mentoring.” But it’s just good to always desire to learn more in life about who you are.

Becoming a man is a process of learning how to not only be male but how to embrace the responsibilities of being a man.

Yes while men are at first males it is important for males to learn how to become men. Every male should want the “gospel of Salt & Pepa” to one day be said of them: “What a man, what a man, what a mighty good man!”

It is important for there to be men present that will help provide strong male role models for our youth. Those who will help to lead, direct and guide our young persons from the perspective of a man.

It has been stated: “A man cannot be a true man unless he makes more money than the significant female or wife in his life.”

This is not true. Another lie is that “unless a man makes a certain amount of money, he cannot be an adequate father.”

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