What does a real man look like? There’s the Arnold Schwarzenegger type of character who blasts his way through challenges in life with raw guts, strength, and guns. Then there’s the touchy-feely-type of man—totally lacking in confidence, afraid to move out with courage. We find balance in looking at Jesus Christ, a man who could cry and show emotions but who could also show incredible courage and leadership. He drew strength from an intimate relationship with His heavenly Father. We need to teach our boys that real strength as men doesn’t come from ourselves either—but from a closeness with Christ. Our sons will see our imperfect—but hopefully growing—example of this as we walk daily with our Lord. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 tells us how: “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love” (ESV).

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Suggested Reading: 1 Corinthians 16:13-14