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Manhood Journey Day 1: Reject Passivity

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Reject passivity

Manhood Journey Day 1: Reject Passivity

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’s first leg was a surprise stop (to the Little Fella) at the National Corvette Museum. He loves cars, particularly the high-priced sporty ones. A late-model Corvette has–on more than one occasion–served as a welcomed change of subject on the dreaded ride home from a ball game. It was a good surprise; he said the Corvette factory tour was his favorite part of Day 1.

Reject passivity

The Car Ride: All About Destination

After an early wake-up call, we listened to our audio companion for our manhood journey, The Principle of the Path. This was to set the stage for a conversation later in the day about what it means to reject passivity. But first (and before little more than a mention about what it means to reject passivity), this:

Reject passivity

Dinner and a Principle

We arrived in Louisville and checked into our high-rise hotel with a view. It didn’t take long for our stomachs to lead us to our next item on the agenda. (If you want to teach a man to reject passivity, let his stomach growl; he’ll act).

Reject passivity

Over dinner of barbeque for the boys and a shrimp po-boy for me, we went all the way back to the garden to Eve and original sin and Adam’s passivity and man’s struggle with it ever since. We will build on this conversation with how to become more active in our God-given ones as men.

We returned to the hotel to wind down and enjoy cable TV (which we don’t have at home) during the midst of post-season college baseball and softball. Oh, and we got to witness our Creator signing off on another day. Stay tuned for the next leg of our journey tomorrow

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 (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales), Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life), and Coach Dave: Season One. Subscribe to his email list for more values storying.

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