When manly doesn’t feel manly

I love it when other people come alongside our kids and speak truth into them. Sometimes it takes hearing things from someone else for it to take deeper root. This week Mitchell was fortunate enough to have a mentor of his pour a small but powerful nugget of truth into his life.

When Mitchell was asked by his little sister and her friend to cover their lemonade stand on our busy road he was reluctant. You know…..15 year old man-child boy sitting behind a lemonade stand just didn’t feel cool. But he did it anyways with some arm twisting from a certain somebody I know – okay, it was me threatening to duct tape him to a tree.

When we got back from buying the supplies Mitchell bolted inside as if taking cover from a zombie apocolypse and in the most dramatic way said, “Mom, Of ALL people to drive by and see me…..Mr. Jackson drove by and saw me there. Mr. Jackson! He waved to me. NOT cool, Mom!”

Let me explain why this was a big deal to him. Roger Jackson is a man in our church who taught Mitchell to shoot, takes him to gun shows and lets him down in the man-cave to see how bullets are made. Think Duck Dynasty sitting on the 7th row of your pew at church. This is who caught Mitchell selling lemonade at the end of his driveway.


I could kind of see his point. I halfway apologized for making him to do it and went on with helping the kids with the lemonade stand.

About an hour later I get this text from Roger:


I read it aloud to Mitchell in front of his little sister and her friend and the look on Mitchell’s face…. pure vindication!

And this Mama’s heart? So blessed and encouraged.

Blessed that a man in our church would take the time through a passing voice text to instill a powerful teachable moment to a young man who looks up to him more than he even knows.

And this is what the Body of Christ does – she speaks truth into each other’s lives. It’s the men in our churches training not only their sons but mentoring and speaking powerful words of life into their friends sons as well. It’s the women in the church coming alongside and loving, praying and speaking truth into the lives of other women and children. It’s how God designed the church.