Tonight I watched “Courageous” the movie about fatherhood. One of the characters said he knew he was a man when he was seventeen. As his father was leaving for for 3 months on an extended business trip, he said to him, “you’re a man now, protect and provide for the family in my absence.” His father conferred manhood upon him.

Paul did that for Timothy.

2 Timothy 2:1-2
The Appeal Renewed
1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.

1 Timothy 4:12
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

I had a great dad. He taught me a lot and much of who I am came through him.

But through the church, I have also had many men teach and mentor me. I am grateful for all the lessons learned (though some a bit slowly) from them. God has been generous with instruction and discipline in my life. Perhaps He knew I would require a lot.

I am still learning in the company of men and through that fellowship I am a better provider, protector, husband and father.

One quick, not super spiritual example.
I like many men at times feel ill equipped for some handyman jobs around the house.

When I get stuck through a lack of knowledge or skill, I get very frustrated.
(Hmmm, maybe it is a spiritual example).

I wonder why don’t I know this?
Shouldn’t a man know how to do such things?
I don’t always want to hire it done.
Sometimes I want to do it myself.

Well Saturday was such a day. I had ordered 3 replacement burners for my gas grill. The old ones had rusted out.
Well, I was excited about fixing my grill. This was a simple job. Just remove 6 screws, and swap the old for the new. Presto. New grill.
But only 3 of the screws cooperated. So the 15 minute job before the golf tournament wasn’t happening and I was frustrated.

So while at the tournament, I asked a couple of my fellowmen about my plight. Both were sympathetic and very helpful. They both said almost in unison, Easyout. So on the way home, I stopped by a hardware store, grabbed my new tool and headed home.

My college freshman son was home and eager to help. And In almost no time, the screws were miraculously out, the burners replaced, and my wife, “just happened” to have bought some rib eyes. Sweet!!!

Quite a turn around.

Thanks to the fellowship of godly men.

Jesus talked a lot about discipling.
I for one believe it has made all the difference in my life,
In all the things that really matter.