Monday, April 2, 2012

Man Year

Joshua, my eldest, turned twelve on Friday.
Where has the time gone??

Patrick and I had talked previously about how we wanted to do something special when Josh turned thirteen. Some type of initiation into manhood... kind of like a Bar Mitzvah, and a party, and the men he knows the best speaking blessings and encouragement into his life. We wanted there to be a point in his life where he could begin stepping forward and transitioning into manhood while he was still in our home.

As his 12th birthday was approaching, I got to thinking. Why just have a single night when we could have an entire man year? What if we had him learn about a godly man trait every month? What if he could do some kind of physical feat with it? I started talking to God about this and a bunch of traits came to mind, so I wrote them down.

Patrick came home from work, and I asked him what he thought of doing a whole "Man Year." Well, he started thinking and praying about it, and then he woke up one day at four in the morning and started mapping out a man year on a spreadsheet. He is very good with organizing and spreadsheets and coming up with awesome ideas.

The ideas were starting to fly. Patrick thought of some books he wanted to incorporate and trips they would take together. Mostly, his greatest hope for Josh is that he will grow in his love for Jesus and follow in His godly man footsteps. We started getting excited about what God would accomplish in Joshua's life in this year.

We asked Josh what he thought of the idea.
He said something like... Man Year?? Ya!!!

So Man Year is a go!! Patrick ordered Josh a Manbinder, which is made out of manly leather and has Joshua's initials and Mark 12:28-31 inscribed on it.

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Patrick also wrote out a beautiful, heartfelt introduction and printed it out on some official manly parchment-looking paper.

Month one of Man Year has officially begun!

 Month one ~ Stewardship
Month two ~ Repentance 



CoachZ said...

So excited about what God's going to do! I love how we worked together on this (although some parts were rocky cuz I'm a blockhead overall I think this came together REAL well!) Thanks for being my ezer knegdo (lifesaving companion) without you this thing would be a little party when Josh turned 13, with a clown and cheap hot dogs ;-)

Love you and I'm looking forward to initiating this little man of ours and inviting him to a higher standard than "adolescence" aka delayed adulthood.

Two Cent Sparrow said...

First off, i can't believe Joshua is 12!!! Just yesterday he was in my kindergarten Sunday school. Secondly, I love this! RJ and I have talked about doing the same thing with our boys in the future. I can't wait to see how this year goes for you all.

Flor said...

happy birthday to your sweet boy!
that 'manbinder' is such a wonderful idea! you are so inspiring, thank you sharing this. i'm going to pass this on to my brother who will soon have a little 'man boy' of his own!

p.s. my kids are memorizing that same verse in Mark, love it :)

Denise said...

love it!

when noah turned 13 last may i wanted to throw him a "bro-mitzvah," to welcome him into manhood. i soon realized that would be fun for me, but not for noah. we ended up collecting blessings for noah from important men in his life, and read them to him. which reminds me that i REALLY need to post about this.

happy man year to your boy! may God continue to shape and mold him into who he wants him to be for his glory.

Susan Liberatore said...

I know I've said this before Linda, but your husband sounds like a saint. What an incredible idea! Your sweet boy is so gorgeous!!
Happy belated 12th Birthday to him.

Cassi Brightforest said...

Happy belated Birthday.
And WOW... what an awesome idea, truly inspiring. I may have to come up with something similar on the girl to womanhood front.

Cassi Brightforest said...
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Cassi Brightforest said...

Oh and you should thinking of publishing that plan in some type of ebook. Sounds like there are a few of us interested

Sandy said...

Love what you guys are doing for Josh. Can't wait to see how the year goes forward and to hear about each month's Man Lesson. It's going to be awesome.

Jodi said...

What an excellent idea!! The kind of thing I would want to do but never "get it together" enough to actually begin! So, awesome job on not just thinking of it but DOING it!

Heather said...

Isn't he handsome! I love the idea of man year. I am going to tuck this little idea away and pull it out in a few years when my little men get a little older.

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