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TIME TO MAN UP!




      PART 2
    What is our Purpose?
To give boys the opportunity to practice
the skills critical for manhood on a small
scale throughout boyhood.
    What is our Purpose?
To transform a boy’s zeal for boyish
dominion, into a man’s zeal for manly
dominion.
    What is our Purpose?
To be able to take a boy’s energy and
put it to use for the glory of God in his
young single years.
Preparation: Spiritual
         1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one look down on your
youthfulness, but rather in speech,
conduct, love, faith, and purity, show
yourself an example of those who
believe.
            Titus 2:6-8
Likewise urge the young men to be
sensible; in all things show yourself to be
an example of good deeds, with purity in
doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which
is beyond reproach, so that the opponent
will be put to shame, having nothing bad to
say about us.
        1 John 2:13-14
I am writing to you, young men,
because you have overcome the evil
one… I have written to you, young men,
because you are strong, and the word
of God abides in you, and you have
overcome the evil one.
       Preparation: Spiritual
• Father-led teaching of the Scripture from a
  very young age.
• Read the Word daily from as young of an age
  as possible and study it in-depth as you get
  older.
• Put yourself under the spiritual mentorship of
  other godly men, approved by your dad.
• Experience a “rite of passage.”
      Preparation: Spiritual
• Learn to love the church.
• Take a father- and elder-approved
  leadership role in the church.
• Surround yourself with godly peers.
• Hold one another accountable.
• Develop discernment in all areas.
        Preparation: Spiritual
•   Invest in the lives of others.
•   Care for the widows and orphans.
•   Devote yourself to service.
•   Use your youthful energy for God’s
    glory.
    1 Corinthians 7:31-33
But I want you to be free from concern.
One who is unmarried is concerned
about the things of the Lord, how he
may please the Lord; but one who is
married is concerned about the things of
the world, how he may please his wife,
and his interests are divided.
       Preparation: Physical
• Develop resilience and toughness;
  eradicate timidity.
• Don’t be afraid to play rough or do things
  that involve risk.
Wisdom from “American Boy”
“I believe that those boys who take part in
rough, hard play outside of school will not find
any need for horse-play in school. While they
study they should study just as hard as they
play foot-ball in a match game. It is wise to
obey the homely old adage, ‘Work while you
work; play while you play.’”
      Preparation: Physical
• Use physical challenges to prepare
  yourself for manly duties.
        Preparation: Work
• Develop a strong, solid work ethic.
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Nehemiah
Corps Boot
   Wisdom from the Proverbs
18:9 - He also who is slack in his work is
  brother to him who destroys.
21:25 - The desire of the sluggard puts him to
  death, for his hands refuse to work.
22:29 - Do you see a man skilled in his work?
  He will stand before kings; he will not stand
  before obscure men.
         Preparation: Work
• Work with your hands, before you work
  with your mind.
• Work hard, work in the heat, work until
  you can no further; it WILL make you a
  better man.
• Be the first to start, the last to quit, and
  ALWAYS CHECK FOR ROOSTER
  TAILS!
        Preparation: Work
• Working as boys will teach you what
  you need to know to work as men.
• Start your own small business.
• Even young boys should be given great
  responsibility.
• Save your money.
• Learn how to work with your father…
  and love it!
Preparation: Manly Character
Wisdom from “American Boy”
“A boy needs both physical and moral courage. Neither can take
the place of the other. When boys become men they will find out
that there are some soldiers very brave in the field who have
proved timid and worthless as politicians, and some politicians
who show an entire readiness to take chances and assume
responsibilities in civil affairs, but who lack the fighting edge
when opposed to physical danger. In each case, with soldiers
and politicians alike, there is but half a virtue. The possession of
the courage of the soldier does not excuse the lack of courage
in the statesman and, even less does the possession of the
courage of the statesman excuse shrinking on the field of
battle.”
Wisdom from “American Boy”
“…there is urgent need that he should
practice decency; that he should be clean
and straight, honest and truthful, gentle and
tender, as well as brave…The boy can best
become a good man by being a good boy -
not a goody-goody boy, but just a plain good
boy…‘Good,’ in the largest sense, should
include whatever is fine, straightforward,
clean, brave, and manly.”
Preparation: Manly Character
• Read the Proverbs. Then read them again.
  Repeat.
• Strengthen your dedication by devoting
  yourself to goals in academics, physical
  exercise, service, and other achievements.
• Fathers, engage your sons in manly
  conversation.
• Learn how to give a manly handshake and
  make a good first impression.
Preparation: Manly Character
• Learn what it takes to please other men.
• Have a proper understanding of
  authority.
• Always be PUNCTUAL and
  DEPENDABLE.
• Take INITIATIVE
• Be someone younger boys look up to.
• Be a leader, and a leader-developer.
Preparation: Gentlemanliness
The same thing that entered
into the training of knights and
pioneers must enter into the
training of the Boy Scouts of
today. Just as they respected
women and served them, so the
tenderfoot and the scout must
be polite, kind to women, not
merely to well-dressed women,
but to poorly dressed women,
not merely to young women, but
to old women wherever they
may be found, wherever, they
may be.
Preparation: Gentlemanliness
• No matter your age, always put women and
  children first.
• Practice on your mother and sisters.
• Everyone should expect all boys to practice
  common courtesy.
• Honor older men.
Preparation: Education
Wisdom from “American Boy”
“No boy can afford to neglect his work, and with a
boy work, as a rule, means study. . . a boy should
work, and should work hard, at his lessons - in the
first place, for the sake of what he will learn, and in
the next place, for the sake of the effect upon his own
character of resolutely settling down to learn it.
Shiftlessness, slackness, indifference in studying, are
almost certain to mean inability to get on in other
walks of life.”
      Preparation: Education
• Follow TR’s advice: always do your lessons
  well, for it builds strong character.
• Gain a well-balanced and broad-based
  understanding of academics.
• Study mathematics, logic, philosophy, history,
  literature, and art with exceptional vigor.
  Learn the themes, not just the facts.
       Preparation: Education
•   Read, read, read.
•   Write, write, write.
•   Speak, speak, speak.
•   Take advantage of every opportunity.
•   Never limit your education to academics.
Preparation: Mastering the Manly
              Arts
 The manly arts are activities that…
 • Make you feel manly
 • Allow you to conquer
 • Make you a part of a manly tradition
 • Inspire you
 • Enhance your confidence in your
   manliness
Preparation: Mastering the Manly
              Arts
 These may include…
 • Hunting and fishing
 • Self-defense techniques
 • Knot-tying, carving, and whittling
 • Outdoor cooking
 • Debate and oratory
Preparation: Mastering the Manly
              Arts
Things to do…
• Something manly you’ve always wanted to do.
• Learn a skill important to your father
• Get a barbershop haircut and a straight-razor
  shave.
• Chop down a tree
• Write a book, paper, letter or a journal
• Join “The Art of Manliness”
Preparation: Mastering the Manly
              Arts
         Preparation: Leisure
• Boyhood is short. There is little time for activity
  with no redeeming purpose.
• Why do we have leisure? Why is it important to
  us?
• How did manly men of the past use their leisure
  time?
• How did we come to have leisure available in
  the first place?
                     The Strenuous Life
A life of slothful ease, a life of that peace
which springs merely from lack either of
desire or of power to strive after great
things, is as little worthy of a nation as of
an individual. I ask only that what every
self-respecting American demands from
himself and from his sons shall be
demanded of the American nation as a
whole. Who among you would teach your
boys that ease, that peace, is to be the
first consideration in their eyes - to be the
ultimate goal after which they strive?
                     The Strenuous Life
If you are rich and are worth your salt, you
will teach your sons that though they may
have leisure, it is not to be spent in
idleness; for wisely used leisure merely
means that those who possess it, being
free from the necessity of working for their
livelihood, are all the more bound to carry
on some kind of non-remunerative work in
science, in letters, in art, in exploration, in
historical research - work of the type we
most need in this country, the successful
carrying out of which reflects most honor
upon the nation.
                    The Strenuous Life
Freedom from effort in the present merely
means that there has been stored up effort
in the past. A man can be freed from the
necessity of work only by the fact that he or
his fathers before him have worked to good
purpose. If the freedom thus purchased is
used aright, and the man still does actual
work, though of a different kind, whether as
a writer or a general, whether in the field of
politics or in the field of exploration and
adventure, he shows he deserves his good
fortune.
                     The Strenuous Life
But if he treats this period of freedom from
the need of actual labor as a period, not of
preparation, but of mere enjoyment, even
though perhaps not of vicious enjoyment,
he shows that he is simply a cumberer of
the earth's surface, and he surely unfits
himself to hold his own with his fellows if
the need to do so should again arise. A
mere life of ease is not in the end a very
satisfactory life, and, above all, it is a life
which ultimately unfits those who follow it
for serious work in the world.
       Preparation: Leisure
• The way most boys today spend their free
  time is very destructive.
• They are invested in self-serving activity.
• They become consumed with entertainment
  and having fun.
• Most activity only serves the moment, and
  has no long-term redeeming value.
       Preparation: Leisure
• Most traditional leisure activities are
  counterproductive to developing
  manhood.
• Movies and video games consume our
  time, restricting us from manly work.
• Media often present false images of
  manhood, which become impressed in
  our sons’ imaginations.
      Preparation: Leisure
• Though TR praised athletic competition
  in some respects, his warnings should
  receive the bulk of our attention.
                 The American Boy
We cannot expect the best work
from soldiers who have carried to
an unhealthy extreme the sports
and pastimes which would be
healthy if indulged in with
moderation, and have neglected to
learn as they should the business of
their profession. A soldier needs to
know how to shoot and take cover
and shift for himself - not to box or
play foot-ball.
                 The American Boy
When a man so far confuses ends
and means as to think that fox-
hunting, or polo, or foot-ball, or
whatever else the sport may be, is
to be itself taken as the end, instead
of as the mere means of
preparation to do work that counts
when the time arises, when the
occasion calls - why, that man had
better abandon sport altogether.
        Preparation: Leisure
• The most harmful aspect of modern leisure in
  all of its typical forms is self-indulgence.
• As boys we cannot afford to develop
  appetites for entertainment that will distract us
  from our duties as men, fathers, and
  husbands later in life. Generational thinking is
  key in this area.
• If you can’t take it with you into manhood,
  why invest time in it during boyhood?
        Preparation: Leisure
Instead of playing sports or hanging out, why
  not…
• Organize a service project.
• Form a ministry or missions group.
• Take part in a political campaign.
• Mentor younger boys or be mentored by an
  older man.
• Meditate on your generational vision.
• Study and learn something of value.
       Preparation: Leisure
Parents…
• Remember, you have been tasked with a vital
  mission. A generational legacy is too great a
  thing to sacrifice for petty, temporal
  enjoyment.
• Don’t be afraid to say “no.”
• Direct your sons to redeeming activities.
• Explain your reasoning to them.
• Train them to be able to make their own
  decisions.
         Preparation: Leisure
• One thing all boys need to do more of is read.
  Through books, we can gather a wide range of ideas
  about life, sharpen our sense of discernment, learn
  from the wisdom of others, develop a philosophical
  mind, enhance critical thinking, and explore new
  concepts.
• As the future heads of households (generational
  thinking again), we have a great responsibility to
  develop our minds.
• Books need to once again find a treasured place in
  our homes and our generational legacy.
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  Manly Books for Manly Men
The Great Gatsby                 Theodore Rex
Moby-Dick                        The Last of the Mohicans
Treasure Island                  The Jungle
All the King’s Men               The Idiot
Ben-Hur                          Democracy in America
Hunting Trips of a Ranchman      The Federalist & Anti-
Death in the Long Grass             Federalist
Master and Commander (Aubrey-    Sun Tzu’s Art of War
    Maturin)                     Roots: Saga of an American
Huckleberry Finn                    Family
Tom Sawyer                       Plato’s Republic
We Were Soldiers Once… and       Captains Courageous
    Young                        The Man Eaters of Tsavo
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt   Endurance
   Manly Books for Manly Men
City of God                     The Merry Adventures of Robin
Don Quixote                         Hood
Preparing Sons                  One Day in the Life of Ivan
Family Man, Family Leader           Denisovich
High Calling                    John Adams
The Bridge on the River Kwai    All Quiet on the Western Front
The Great Escape                Plutarch’s Lives
The Count of Monte Cristo       Herodotus’ Histories
The Coral Island (Ballantyne)   Of Mice and Men
In Freedom’s Cause (Henty)      The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Odyssey                     The Brothers Karamazov
The Iliad                       Ivanhoe
                                The Rise and Fall of the Roman
                                    Empire
                                Wealth of Nations
  Manly Books for Manly Men
Into the Wild             The Killer Angels
A River Runs Through It   Lonesome Dove
Leviathan                 Into Thin Air
Centennial (Michener)     Billy Budd
Black Hawk Down           The Man Who Would Be King
The Politics              Paradise Lost
For Whom the Bells Toll   20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Crime and Punishment      Heart of Darkness
Robinson Crusoe           No Country for Old Men
The Grapes of Wrath       Sahara (Dirk Pitt)
Undaunted Courage         The Gulag Archipelago
Band of Brothers          1984

				
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