Friday, June 18, 2010

The Man to Be - A Father's Day Blog

I have been very blessed to have married a man who is not only an amazing husband but also a wonderful father. As Father's Day approaches, I was looking back through pictures I have taken of Tony with our kids. We have so many pictures of Tony and Jake together that it started me thinking about the relationship between father and son.

In a world where so many boys grow up without a positive male role model and fatherless boys are twice as likely to end up in prison, I am thankful for a good man who spends time with our son and teaches him the things that boys should know. I cannot help but smile when I see them mowing the yard together, or working on a car, or doing push-ups. I cannot help but feel an overwhelming sense of love when I see Tony reading with Jake, or helping him with his schoolwork, or even just playing a game. I love it that Tony is teaching Jake everything from how to change a tire to how to hold a gun to how to beat a video game to how to flip pancakes! We are a blessed family to have Tony around as husband and father.

The Man to Be
by Edgar Guest

Some day the world will need a man of courage in a time of doubt,
And somewhere, as a little boy, that future hero plays about.
Within some humble home, no doubt, that instrument of greater things
Now climbs upon his father's knee or to his mother's garments clings.
And when shall come that call for him to render service that is fine.
He that shall do God's mission here may be your little boy or mine.

Long years of preparation mark the pathway for the spendid souls,
And generations live and die and seem no nearer to their goals,
And yet the purpose of it all, the fleeting pleasure and the woe,
The laughter and the grief of life that all who come to earth must know
May be to pave the way for one---one man to serve the Will Divine
And it is possible that he may be your little boy or mine.

Some day the world will need a man! I stand beside his cot at night
And wonder if I'm teaching him, as best I can, to know the right.
I am the father of a boy---his life is mine to make or mar ---
And he no better can become than what my daily teachings are;
There will be need for someone great---I dare not falter from the line---
The man that is to serve the world may be that little boy of mine.

Perhaps your boy and mine may not ascend the lofty heights of fame;
The orders for their births are hid. We know not why to earth they came.
Yet in some little bed to-night the great man of to-morrow sleeps
And only He who sent him here, the secret of his purpose keeps.
As fathers then our care is this---to keep in mind the Great Design.
The man the world shall need some day may be your little boy or mine.

Our sons are growing up in a feminized, anti-masculine society. Our families and churches are full of men who will not stand up and take on the Godly role of father. As the number of men who are willing to act as God commands dwindles, so does the number of boys being raised as real men -- men of God's standards, not of the world's. Mothers, hard as it is, some times we must step aside and give our husbands the opportunity to step up to the plate. Fathers, you hold such an important place in your little boy's life (and your daughter's, but that's another post!). Everything you do he sees and imitates. Remember always that your son is looking up to you to guide and inspire him as he grows into manhood.

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