It starts with fathers
If you are a father, or planning to be one, then this is for you.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. – Frederick Douglass
One ahead, one behind. Every man should have another man in his life that stands behind him. It may sound funny that a person should lead you from behind, but this is how it works. I have a mentor. He has been behind me for 33 years. I am not a youngster anymore, but when I look for guidance, I turn to him, especially with aspects relating to Christian ministry. He watches my back.
At the same time, there are men ahead of me, some younger, some older. I take care of them in a way others may not notice. I am aware of their lives, their fears, their ambitions. If I sense something is wrong, I will step in, in a quiet way, and in love, and guide them. I watch their backs.
The relationship does not matter – in the photo above, the mentor is a grandfather, two generations removed. In fact, we often forget just how important grandfathers are. In modern western society, grandparents are often left out of a traditional family, when their presence is critical. They often have more time and experience to impart skills to their grandchildren than what the parents have.