“Don’t be harsh or impatient with an older man. Talk to him as you would your own father, and to the younger men as your brothers.” 1 Timothy 5:1
As an authentic man, we should be very careful and respectful toward our relationships.
We should show special honor toward older men. One key to doing so is hearing their story. Older men have a need to tell their story. We should take the time to listen. We should then turn and show attention to younger men. Young men need mentors. It is very important for us to develop this generational conversation – hearing the stories and dreams of the seasoned men – imparting wisdom for the vision of the younger men.
- Do you have a seasoned relative that you’ve not visited?
- Do you have an old mentor that you should look up again to have a conversation?
- Listen carefully to the older man’s stories; you will pick up on amazing things that they were a part of in their lifetime.
- Don’t ignore young men and don’t assume that they know what you know.
- Teach young men practical things such as how to change a tire or keep a toolbox or tie a necktie. You would be amazed how many young men do not know how to do these things.
Let me give you a word of wisdom regarding the last tip; don’t assume the role of a father. That is an awkward and inappropriate assumption. Be an elder brother in a young man’s life.
It is very important that as we resurrect authentic manhood, that we establish proper relationships with other men.
Have a conversation with a seasoned man. Get him to tell you his story. Listen carefully.
There will be no possibly today but I’ll be prepared to listen. In fact this I need to learn. Not be the know better but the learner.
Slowing down, listening and learning are things I am working on. As well as paying it forward once learned.