Let us raise boys who are kind. And not just the boys who say please and thank you, but the boys who live their lives rooted in some kind of higher purpose. The kind of boys who extend hands to neighbors, the kind of boys who walk the line of truth and goodness. 

Let us raise boys who know God. Let us raise boys who know the scripture verses, but also live the verses. Let us raise boys who have them tattooed on their hearts, shielded in the knowledge that they are serving a higher power.

Let us raise boys who have respect running through their veins. Let us raise the boys who honor their mothers and their fathers and their grandparents and teachers and the gas station attendant and their girlfriends on Friday nights. 

Let us raise boys who explore, voyage, and ache to see new shores. Let us raise boys who question, and read, and learn, and observe. Let us raise boys who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, and let us raise boys who aren’t afraid to sweat a little.

Let us raise the boys who not only open the doors to restaurants and cars. Let us raise the boys who also open doors for people in business and in life. 

Let us raise boys who are givers. Givers of their hearts, their time, and their talents. Let us raise boys who give freely and willingly. 

Let us raise ’em up right. Let us raise them in the light and let us raise them in a way that others will want to follow. 

And then? 

Help us to stand back and watch as the boys that we raised – 

the kind
the generous
the respectful
the Godly and giving – 

Let us watch as they light this world on fire with devotion and a wild, holy hope for humanity.

This article originally appeared on Rebecca Cooper, Author

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Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca Cooper-Thumann is an English teacher in a sleepy town in the midwest. She has published four novels and is currently working on a fifth. She has a precocious four-year-old son, she loves nachos and Jesus, and she tries to live her life every day rooted in courage and joy.