My beautiful son turned four last week. My bright, always active little guy is pure joy in my life. Even his messes make me happy because he’s here making them. Lately, I’ve been thinking about how I want him to grow up loving Jesus and about what kind of man I hope he becomes.
This week, I’d like to share a few things about what rearing a son means.
First and foremost, I want to raise a godly man, one who is on his knees in prayer to get through struggles. I want him to seek Jesus in all situations and to know it is only Jesus who can bring answers and relief from trials. If my son knows the love of our Savior, then he will be able to love others the way he should.
Only a man of God will be a true leader. I hope my son can lead his wife and family with God in the forefront. Leadership does not mean being the CEO of some big company or even being a pastor. It means being a leader to those who you are surrounded by in all of your choices. I want my son to grow to be a person whose actions are inspirational to others.
I hope for my son to find a wife and have a family someday. I want him to love his wife as a man of God. I want him to value his children and family and to grow together with them. I hope for him to have a godly perspective of marriage and to seek council from other Christians when he struggles. All marriages need work. If he keeps his focus on God, he will be able to walk through any trial.
I don’t want my son to feel entitled to a woman’s love. I want him to value it. I want him to work to show his future wife or any woman in his life that they deserve to be treated with dignity. It hurts me to see how much verbal and emotional abuse happens. I want my son to always think about what he says and does before he acts.
I want to be a mother who is there for him and respects his choices in life. I want to give him advice, but in a loving manner. I don’t want to be a hindrance between him and his path. I only hope to show him the right way with love and guidance.
When I had my son, I knew God had handed me a gift. He is such a caring, compassionate little man already. I only hope to help him grow in this way by showing him how to live a godly life.
My goal is to raise a man. I am holding a boy right now, but it is my job to prepare him for his future. I am a parent raising future parents.