"...act like men, be strong" (1 Corinthians 16:13, New American Standard Bible).
This afternoon, Christopher and I were walking the dog. Suddenly, Christopher asked, "Dad, when will I be a man?" Without thinking, I answered, "In about 15 years, I hope."
Realizing that my son had presented me with a great teaching moment, I asked, "Do you know what you will need to do to become a man?" He asked, "What?"
"Well, you will need to be responsible," I said. "Do you know what responsibility is?"
"No," Christopher answered.
"It's doing what you're supposed to do," I responded. "When you feed Bat Dog, you're learning responsibility. You're doing what you're supposed to do for something that depends on you."
I continued, "Being a man also means that you take initiative. Do you know what that means?"
"No," Christopher said, with a little curiosity.
"That means: when you see a problem, you try to solve it without being asked. When you see your books scattered all over the living room, you could take the initiative by picking them up. If you see a kid at school who is upset, you could take the initiative and go see whether you can help him."
"I've never done that before," Christopher remarked.
I smiled and said, "Well, that would be good practice for when you become a man."