The world doesn’t need more men who are charming.

The world doesn’t need more men who are handsome.

The world doesn’t need more men who are strong.

The world doesn’t need more men who are funny.

The world doesn’t need more men who are powerful.

The world doesn’t need more men who are wealthy.

The world doesn’t need more men who are popular.

The world doesn’t need more men who are athletic.

We have enough of those.

We need more men who are gentle.

More men who stand up for what’s right and speak out against what’s wrong.

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More men who are humble.

More men who lead with integrity and compassion.

More men who are patient.

More men who aren’t afraid to be vulnerable.

More men who compel other men to be different.

Better.

Because there’s nothing wrong with being strong or athletic or funny or handsome.

Not at all.

I simply want to raise boys who strive for more.

Who carry the truth in their hearts that they were made to do more, be more.

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Who seek the high road, the narrow path, no matter what.

No matter what the world is saying.

No matter what their friends are saying.

No matter what their impulses are saying.

And they’ll know better.

They’ll know that they can be funny without being crude.

Handsome without being vain.

Powerful without being forceful.

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Strong without being intimidating.

Wealthy without being greedy.

Because they’ll know.

They’ll know that what the world really needs is more men who choose goodness over greatness.

Originally published on Kisses From Boys with Krista Ward

Krista Ward

Krista is a former first grade teacher turned stay-at-home mom to her insanely precious little boys, Hudson and Jones. She is married to her best friend and high school sweetheart, Randy, who is the peanut butter to her chocolate. Krista hopes to be a light and joy to the world, especially other mamas feeling stuck in the daily grind, through her writing.