Dads, Sons, Men
- May 7, 2015
- Wendel Elliott
When it comes to being a dad and raising sons, we can sometimes feel like we aren’t hitting the mark. Every Dad can help their son become a man by instilling these character traits into their sons lives. However, keep in mind your example as well. Are you striving to live this kind of life for your son? Take courage if you find yourself short of the mark, in the fact that God’s grace is big enough to cover and free you from sin and allow you a fresh start.
Here are 11 ways to help you as you help your son become a man:
- Give your word and keep it. “When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.” (Numbers 30:2 NIV)
- Work both hard and smart and it will pay off. “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” (Proverbs 14:23 NIV)
- Tell the truth. “Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart;” (Psalm 15:1-2 NIV)
- Shake someone’s hand with a firm grip and look them in the eye. “Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The Lord be with you!” “The Lord bless you!” they answered.” (Ruth 2:4 NIV)
- Stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV)
- Respect women. “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.’” (Proverbs 31:28-29 NIV)
- Respect your elders. “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.” (1 Peter 2:17 NIV)
- If possible, carry your family name with pride, and live in a way that leaves it better when you’re gone. “I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father.” (Psalm 2:7 NIV) “Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” (Galatians 4:6-7 NIV)
- Always shake a veterans hand and tell them, “Thank you.” “Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” (Romans 13:7 NIV)
- Stand up for and be proud of the United States of America. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.” (Psalm 33:12 NIV)
- Above all else, Love God, and love people. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31 NIV)
I sure hope that these help you as you raise your son to become a man. I know I haven’t always gotten it right, however I am proud and thankful to God for the men that my sons are today.
I’ll see ya’ll out in the pasture!
About Wendel Elliott
Wendel Elliott is a cowboy preacher, serving right at six years as pastor of Big Bend Cowboy Church in Alpine, TX. He also manages a cow/calf operation in the area. Wendel's writing and messages come straight from ranching experiences and the Western way of life....