Fathers, this is for you! Stand Up and Be A Dad.
Be there for your sons.
Make them strong from the beginning.
Real Men are scarce. I found this article enlightening and insightful, apply the wisdom and start talking to your son(s).
The role of fatherhood has never been harder. Dads who want to make a positive, lasting influence in their sons’ lives — who want to raise boys that grow into true men of integrity — have to fight the counterfeit sources of wisdom instilled in our culture. It takes courage and boldness to speak truth to your boys. Authors and battle-tested fathers Tommy Newberry and Curt Beavers share ten things every dad should tell his son, excerpted from their book I Call Shotgun: Lessons from Dad for Navigating the Roads of Life.
1. Do Courageous Things
Throughout your life, you will face times when you are scared. But you will be far from alone. No one is immune to this experience. Both cowards and heroes face fear. Their responses to fear and uncertainty, however, define who they become. With courage, you do what’s right regardless of what’s popular. And as your courage expands, so too will your depth of character. Build your life upon a foundation of courage.
2. Work Harder Than Anyone Else God created children in His image, and God is a worker. He takes joy in creating. Work was part of His design to bring joy and fulfillment. God never intended for us to be bored and miserable from nine to five. He wants us to take pleasure in work. In fact, we should be ready and willing to work harder and better than the person next to us.
3. Hang with the Wise For chameleons, how they act depends on who they are with at the moment. The same is true for you. If you hang out for a long time with someone who has a different value system, either you will change or he will change. The people you spend lots of time with will influence the choices you make and the actions you take today and tomorrow. This is my prayer for you, son: associate with the wise and become wise. Become an influence for godliness upon others.
4. Stay Away From Porn Porn isn’t just somebody else’s problem. It’s ours because it has saturated our culture. As men, we’re called to take a stand for our families and our nation, and to defend the dignity of women. Porn is a trap. It tempts you with promises of fulfillment and mires you in guilt, shame, and deception. Don’t sell yourself short and accept second best—or for yourself or the woman you may one day love.