NOVEMBER 5 

Man to Man

I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths. PROVERBS 4:11

When each of our sons, Benjamin and Samuel, graduated from high school, I treated them to one of the most unusual breakfasts they had ever enjoyed.

It was a simple meal held in a local hotel meeting room. Also in attendance were some men who wanted to help Barbara and me send each of these young men off to college with some godly advice. Man to man.

Each man talked about what he wished someone had shared with him before he started college. They talked frankly about the challenges and temptations our boys would face, and they exhorted them to grow spiritually, intellectually and morally.

At Samuel's breakfast, for example, Bob Lepine, my friend and co-host on FamilyLife Today, recalled that when he attended college, his goal was to earn a high grade-point average. But he challenged Samuel to focus on growing in character and wisdom. Bob said that after college, "people look at the mark of a man's life, what his reputation is in the community. Grade points aren't the issue. The issue is learning what God has you there to learn."

Another man in the room that day was Bill Bright, president and founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. "I would like to recommend more than anything else, Samuel, that you master this Holy Word," he said. "Every day I get on my knees to read this Word, because it was inspired by God. It is living."

Now, 10 years later, I'm encouraged to see how both of my sons took the advice of those godly men. Third John 1:4 says, "I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth." From this dad's standpoint, my heart soars to see what fine men Ben and Samuel have become.

DISCUSS

Who are some friends you can use to speak truth into the lives of your children and encourage them to stand strong and follow Christ?

PRAY

Ask God for a handful of adults who will build into the lives of each of your children.

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