Thursday, March 24, 2011

Back to it: Raising Real Men, part 5

AAAAAAAAAAAAAnd I'm finally back to reading this book! :)

When I opened it up to chapter 6 and read the title, "Racing to Win," I knew I would be able to relate to the things I was about to read. Well, not relate as far as understanding what the big deal is in every.single.thing being a RACE...but at least understanding that, for whatever reason, it IS a big deal to boys. Since, apparently, God made our sons "normal" in this way, I definitely want to know how to steer their desire the way of the righteous!

The Young's point out 2 important things to remember as our sons wade through the various races and competitions of their boyhood:

  1. Proverbs 6:16-19 lists "one who sows discord among brethren" among the seven abominations of the Lord. 'Nuff said, right???
  2. The desire to compete will definitely lead to someone winning the competition, and therefore, bragging might ensue. We must teach our sons that any gifts, talents, or strengths they display are not of their own doing...but rather given to them by the Lord for His holy plan for their lives. HE (and He alone) should receive the glory. *See Jeremiah 9:23-24*
Is it okay to allow our sons to compete?

One of the main reasons I love this book is because the authors faithfully go to Scripture for their answers. The answer to the above question is found quite clearly in the following verses:

Hebrews 12:1 "Run with endurance..."
Romans 12:10 "Outdo one another in showing honor."
1 Corinthians 9:24 "...one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it."

Competition can motivate hard work, encourage family time, build confidence and endurance, teach kids about teamwork and patience, and provide outlets for testosterone build-up :)

The quote of the week:

"A healthy spirit of competition can spur our sons to greater achievement, can build cameraderie in the family and between friends, and can encourage them to step out for opportunities in business and ministry." (pp. 112-113)

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