Growing Godly young men is hard enough in the society in which we live today, but it’s even harder when you live in a single parent household. It’s difficult to ensure that my son is growing up in the Lord when his father blatantly and continually tells him that he does not believe in God. My son’s father used to believe in God. There was a time when I would have sworn he was saved, but life being what it is and sinful natures being so powerful, he has chosen to turn his back on God. My son is now burdened with the fact that his father does not believe.
There are big differences between a believing and unbelieving household. In my home, I protect my son’s mind and heart from shows that he should not watch, books he should not read and words he should not hear. It’s my job to ensure that he is raised right and that he learns what is good and acceptable in God’s sight. I don’t keep these things from him to be mean, but rather (as I have told him on many occasions) I do this to teach him what God thinks is good or not. At his father’s house, anything goes…and I literally mean anything. A few years ago, he would go to his dad’s house for the weekend and when he would come home, it would take two weeks to “re-train” him before he would go back to his dad’s house again.
Thankfully, and only by the grace of God, my son is now seeing the differences and is beginning to realize that I am protecting him and he sees that his father doesn’t protect him from those things. He has actually said on different occasions that he wishes his dad would protect him the way that I do. (I’m not speaking physically here, but rather emotionally and spiritually.)
You know, for many years there were all these books about raising daughters to become Godly women and to know that they are God’s princesses, but not so many on raising Godly men. I am finally seeing more and more books every year that discuss this very issue and it’s refreshing that more parents are taking an interest in their boys. I for one want to raise a very Godly young man, ‘…so that when [he] is old [he] will not depart from it.” ~Proverbs 22:6This post is written for a link-up over at the M.O.B. society on Growing Godly Men.