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Our virtue this month at PDS is the True Friend.

Stephanie Taylor’s 2nd grade class came up with the following definitions for true friendship. I thought they were worth sharing.

What is the first thing you ask your son when you pick them up from school?

I often tell parents that question is a very good indicator as to what they value. It also leads your son to think that this is what you are focusing on with them. We make a huge mistake as parents when our first question is focused on performance. I think we often ask about grade and homework before we ask questions of the heart.

Can you answer these questions? Will you?

I asked this question to seven boys this morning:

If you could have one question answered about the journey ahead, what would it be?


Here are their questions:

The more I am around boys of all ages, the more I am convinced that there are two definitive seasons of parenting: the season of instilling values and the season of allowing your boys to try out their own values. I think that there are some key mistakes that we make in both stages.

6th-grade boys are away for the Breakaway Retreat at Victory Ranch for 2 days of spiritual growth (and a lot of fun).

We'll be updating this article as the tweets from the retreat roll in.

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Are you casting and modeling a vision for what it means to be a godly man? Are you providing your sons with a scriptural framework to help guide him through the process?

Let’s look at what God’s word has to say about what it means to be a godly man. Let this serve as your “code of conduct” for this year of teaching your son.

A scriptural code of conduct for teaching your boys what it means to be man:

“Humility is the most difficult to fall virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of oneself.” -T.S. Eliot

“The only hope of a decreasing self is an increasing Christ.” -F.B. Meyer

“Humility is the proper estimate of oneself.” -Charles Spurgeon

Teaching our boys to be humble is difficult in our society. Our society continually inflates the egos of athletes, actors and others. No wonder our culture has a hard time being humble. We live in the wealthiest country in the world and most often have everything we think we need. Although success in itself is not a bad thing, when we begin to think of ourselves better than we should it can become a downfall. If we want to teach and model humility to our boys, we must know what it means to be a Humble Hero and how to model that for them. A scriptural look at humility gives us good insight into the DNA of a Humble Hero.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The Humble Hero Vision

Herb Hodges, a gifted teacher both here in Memphis and all over the world, has written a great book entitled Tally Ho, the Fox. In it he makes a great comment concerning vision. Hodges states, “vision is getting on your heart what God has on His.” What a simple yet profound statement.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Virtue 7 - The Heart Patient

Flight-Plan-LogoGive Up Control

Heart surgery is a painful process because it requires change. It requires giving up control of your life. Heart Patients give up control of their lives in order to live for Christ. They live to glorify God in all they say and do.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Virtue 6 - The Noble Knight

Flight-Plan-LogoCalled to Duty

Noble Knights live by a code of conduct and integrity. Principles, not conveniences and comforts, motivate them. Real men are Noble Knights. They have a code of principles they are going to live by, no matter what. They are the same person no matter what the circumstances.

The Faithful Follower

Is Loved by God

● Gives up control of his life to Christ
● Lives his life faithfully in response to the gospel
● Saved by grace
● Leads a joyful life
● Lives with God’s promises in mind
● Is completely committed
● Studies God’s Word