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Manhood Journey Day 2: Accept Responsibility

Accept responsibility

Accept responsibility
Manhood Journey Day 2: Accept Responsibility

What is a real man? You could probably get quite a few different answers to that question. As for me and my boys (young men), we are using the definition from Robert Lewis’s excellent book on Christian manhood, Raising a Modern-Day Knight:

  • A real man rejects passivity.
  • A real man accepts responsibility.
  • A real man leads courageously.
  • A real man expects a greater reward.

The Little Fella recently turned fourteen. It was time for a manhood trip. We invited Older Brother along to share what he has learned in his own manhood journey.

Day 1: Reject Passivity

Day 2 was moving day. Before driving north to the Cincinnati area, we walked down the street a few blocks from our hotel in Louisville to the Louisville Slugger Museum. Every baseball fan like Older Brother, the Little Fella, and me should take that tour if we have the chance–so we were told and told accurately. It was a fun and educational tour.

Accept responsibility

The Car Ride: Transition and an Insight into Culture

There was a day when people knew that KFC stood for Kentucky Fried Chicken. On Tuesday, we ate lunch at a KFC…in Kentucky. Check that one off the bucket list…get it… bucket list…KFC? On the drive to the Creation museum, our extra stop, Older Brother commented, “I’ve never been to this many museums in my whole life.” Hmm, maybe Mrs. Right and I need to get our kids out more.

Accept responsibility

The Little Fella was supposed to take a trip to the Creation Museum as part of a church trip a couple of years ago, but the trip fell through. We finally made that trip today not moving fifty feet past the ticket counter before bumping into some friends from back home.

From the Garden of Eden exhibit through the Flood and the Tower of Babel through the life, earth, burial, and the resurrection of Christ, we walked through God’s plan to redeem fallen man…and avoided getting eaten by a dinosaur.

When I think about God’s creation, I am most awestruck by the beauty of nature. The groundskeepers at the Creation Museum have gone above and beyond to create a landscape that points back to a Creator. I took plenty of photos to use for backgrounds for inspiring quotes and Bible verses. Be sure to look for those after this trip isn’t over.

Accept responsibility

A Bad Decision, One for the History Books, and Manhood Principle Number Two

Throughout the day we touched on what it meant to accept responsibility, the second of our manhood principles. I suppose I should take responsibility for our decision to go to the Cardinals-Reds game tonight. I rarely leave a game early, but the Cardinals were not inspiring any hope of bouncing back from a 10-0 fifth-inning deficit. We left early and only saw part of Reds’ utility man Scooter Gennett’s four-homer, 10-RBI night.

We did have a productive conversation about strategies to accept responsibility as a man after our early return to the hotel. Interestingly, part of our conversation centered on accepting defeat and how to use adversity to fuel improvement in our lives. I’m hopeful that we grow from our conversation about accepting the responsibility that manhood throws at us. (We’re hoping that maybe the Cardinals have a similar talk in their clubhouse before they play the next two games that we have tickets to attend.)

Accept responsibility

Oh, for those of you interested in our culinary pursuits, I ate probably the most unique burger I’ve ever had, the PRide of zeus, a gyro burger at Mad Mike’s Burgers and Fries in Florence, Kentucky. I also had a bag of peanuts at the game.

Off to Noah’s Ark tomorrow with a new manhood principle to cover on our Manhood Journey with the Little Fella.

Day 1: Reject Passivity

About Al Ainsworth

Al Ainsworth is a values storyteller. He works with individuals, businesses, churches, and other organizations to pass along their values through the stories they tell…and re-tell. Al is the author of Lines in the Gravel, Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life), and the Coach Dave series. Subscribe to his email list for more values storying.

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