Jesus says, “The reason that I have come it is to turn the hearts of parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
It is every man’s duty to groom his children in righteous living; preparing them for the Lord Jesus to use them in leadership and management not only in their homes (marriage), but also in their place of work. The lord Jesus has shown us that through loving your wife and children and leading them to Him and his righteousness, the earth will become a better place for all to live in and all will experience the real love of God.
This is the warning that Jesus is giving us regarding our children:
Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” This is the mistake fathers make, which includes instigating divorce.
There are some lessons and bits of wisdom that only a man can impart to another man. Unfortunately, it seems like a generation of men went without mentors growing up. That is why you see a lot of violence, abuse and extra marital affairs in modern life today. Some of those men have never experienced a loving and a protective father raising them. What’s worse is that men are judged harshly by the church, their place of employment and families when they make a mistake. For a young man having to go through that or experience it, it can lead to depression and anxiety.
We hear on the news about absent fathers and the effect that has on young men today. Even when a man has a father he can look up to, it takes a village of man mentors to raise a child. Yet, men find themselves more and more isolated, without the community ties and relationships that helped previous generations learn about manliness and manhood. Without good examples of men to emulate, young men often get lost. Studies have shown that the lack of a male figure in a boy’s life increases the likelihood that that boy will perform poorly in school or get involved in crime. Not to mention, beyond the obvious consequences, such as crime and education, this void can affect a man in a myriad of subtle ways.
Mentors can expand their views of what it means to be a man. Every man has had different life experiences and been exposed to different philosophies and worldviews. They’ve been brought to their knees by different trials, carried away in different joys, and have learned unique bits of wisdom. They can help you see things in a different way, inspire you to dare greatly, comfort you when you grieve, and help you become a better man.
This Mentorship must start with boy children at school being shown how to develop a mentality of winners rather than a generation of doubters and cowards.
Think about it, would the world be a better place if men encouraged each other instead of breaking each other down?
Tell us what you think: What can we do to get mentors for our young men?