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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What it Means to Be A Christian Man - A Preteen Boy's Perspective

A Preteen's Perspective of a Christian Man #raisingboys #parenting

I asked my 12-year-old son to write a response to the following question, "What Does Being a Christian Man Mean to You?"

Below, written in his own words, I share my son's perspective. (Please look beyond any grammatical errors; it was his words which were of importance to me.)



Being a Christian Man

Being a Christian man has a meaning, and this is how a Christian man should act.

He should reflect Jesus and His love to everyone.

It means:
  • Being faithful in everything he does, like being faithful to his wife, and being faithful to others who might need him. 

  • Being responsible and owning up to things he did wrong.

  • Being truthful, not lying to anyone.

  • Being helpful, helping others when they need it.

  • Being dependent on God, not on others.

It also means:
  • Praying to God

  • Loving Him 

  • Showing Him respect

  • Listening to Him

And most of all, having faith in God even when it is hard.


These are some of the qualities my son feels are part of being a Christian man.

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Have you ever asked your son this question? I know your time is precious, so any comment you share below will be greatly valued.

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21 comments:

  1. Love it! This is more proof that there are great young men even with the evils in this world. I am glad you used his words because they mean the most. Awesome post!

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  2. What a great exercise to do with our young men and I love how thoughtful and strong your son's answers were to this question!

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  3. Wonderful response. As a mom to four young boys, I'd love to see them turn out like your son someday. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I think I may need to ask my 17yo son this question...thanks. And great response from your son!

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  5. I don't have a son, but if I did, I would be so blessed if he wrote something like this!

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    1. Awww, what a sweet thing to write. Thank you!

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  6. good to read your son's words. Thanks for sharing them. :)

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  7. This made me tear up! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I'm so glad I had him write it so that he can keep it forever and go back to it when he's a grown man.

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  8. I love this! I too have a 12 year old son. I think I'm going to ask him to do this same exercise. What a treasure. Thank you for sharing his words and this idea. I look forward to following your blog.

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    1. Thank Tina! I look forward to having you back.

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  9. This is a wonderful, thought=provoking idea. My son is only 6, but I have 12 and 13 year old girls, and I can certainly ask them what they think it means to be a Christian woman. I will be interested to see what they come up with.

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  10. Wow this is perfect. We need more respectful young men and women. Thanks for doing such a great job with your son. :)

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    1. Thanks! Each day I pray over my children and my strongest prayer is that they will always follow God.

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