I believe the battle for the family today begins with how men behave. As men step up and man up, they will have an incredible impact on their wives and on their children. And that impact will be felt for many years to come. We need a movement of men stepping up.
A number of years ago on FamilyLife Today, we interviewed RV Brown, who heads up an outreach to youth. RV was one of 17 children, and at the end of our interview I asked him to give a tribute to his father — to honor him for what he had done well.
I’ll never forget what he said to his dad, Willie Fish:
“Daddy Fish, I just want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, first of all, for loving my Mama, and then secondly, for loving me, and kissing me, and rubbing my little round head, and telling me to go to school, and everything was going to be okay. And then, Dad, I want to thank you for taking me fishing — July the sixth, 1959, for the first time.
“And Dad, I want to just tell you what an awesome leader you was. With no education, Dad, you taught me. You educated me how to love. Dad, thank you! I’m the kind of man I am today because of who you are. Thank you for loving Mama. Thank you for the leadership and authority in which you raised us. Thank you for the discipline; and most of all, father, I want to thank you for that hug and that kiss, and that little rub on my little, round head, and you’d say, ‘You’re going to be okay, son.’ Dad, I love you.”
What a great illustration of a man who was courageous in stepping up to love and lead his family.
It doesn’t get much better than this. This is the type of impact we long to have as men. Men Stepping Up means a culture that will begin to change for the better.
To listen to the FamilyLife Today program where RV Brown’s tribute is shared, click below: