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!!!
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.