My son and I are busy today. Busy writing. I’m busy writing away for the Legacy Leaver Thursday post and he’s busy writing a school paper for English. As I look over at him I think where has the time gone. It seems like only yesterday he was my baby boy who would never leave his mother’s side, now in just a few short years he will be graduating, facing the world as a young man of God.
As I look back over the years I often find myself questioning, “Did I do enough?”. It’s often a question I have to keep in check and not become overwhelmed by as I leave the outcome of his future in the Lord’s hands.
Throughout the years one of the main things we’ve always wanted to instill in our son was the character trait of having good manners, especially towards women. It seems as if the meaning of chivalry is fading fast in today’s world. We all know that society is changing at a rapid rate. We see it every day in the media of what one person has done to the next. It’s up to us as Christian parents to be different and work towards shifting this tide and it all starts with how we raise our children at home.
There are many ways we can show our boys to have proper manners towards women such as reminding them to, say please and thank you, hold the door open for ladies, give up their seat when a woman walks in the room and there’s no more seats to be found, or to offer their assistance to a woman who they see struggling with a harder task.
These things matter, they make a difference. They may seem small and insignificant, but it’s the small choices we make today that will have a great impact for the rest of our lifetimes and beyond. It teaches them that there is something more they need to continuously be striving for. It also draws others closer to Jesus when they see our sons choosing to live a life that reflects the Lord.
My son and I were on the same page today with our writing. My son’s paper was about having a character that reflected the Lord. I want to share with you a line from his writing.
“I like to think that if I live a virtuous and moral life that I may one day inspire someone else to change the way in which they are living and follow God.”
My husband and I are not perfect at training our children. But we keep pressing onward with drawing our children closer to Jesus as the ultimate goal. Let’s take a stand for Jesus and walk together on this journey of parenthood as we raise young boys to be men with manners who serve the Lord.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
~Now it’s time to link up !~
- To link up go to the sidebar and get the code for the Legacy Leaver Thursdays button, right click and “save as” on the code and then upload it into your post. Or you can provide a direct link somewhere in your post linking back here. That way other bloggers can join in too!
- Then copy and paste the direct link from your post, (not your blog url), into the linky tool below.
- This link up will be happening every Thursday at Leaving a Legacy. You can link up your posts that deal with leaving a legacy to your children and other loved ones. These posts can vary from spiritual lessons, to homeschooling tips, to recipes and homemaking skills that you want to pass down. You can also link up posts that offer encouragement to the community. I will do the best I can to read as many posts as possible throughout the week. However, if there are times that I miss you, know that I’m so grateful that you linked up and was so blessed to have you here!
- In order to create an encouraging community here, please take a moment to visit the person in front of you. Thank you!
For those of you that link up throughout the month, I will be choosing a “featured blogger”, for the following month. The featured blogger will be someone who actively participates in the link up, and who’s posts have really touched the community. They will receive free advertising for their blog on my sidebar for that month, and also be allowed to submit one approved guest post during that month.
The featured blogger for the month of January is Alisha Gratehouse from Flourish. Please take a moment to stop by and read her encouraging words! You can also check out her eBook devotional for children, “God Said So!”, here.