I love to learn. Additionally, there are a few things I want to learn from older men. Here are five:
- How to follow Jesus. Chances are, older men will have a richer, deeper love for Jesus than I because they experienced more with him than I have. Learning from them gives me an opportunity to strengthen my faith by observing men who appreciate obscure traits of Christ because of their experiences while living for him.
- How to love my future wife. “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her”(Eph. 5:25, ESV) is a beautiful image of marital sacrifice, but it is even more pleasant when God’s people embody his words. The best way to learn this foundational piece of wisdom is to watch it done correctly by wise, godly men.
- How to be a warm father. Most kids are tender and soft-hearted. It requires a delicate touch and a gentle heart to love kids. I want to learn how to love and lead my kids so I can be a godly father in the future.
- How to work hard. I marvel at men who have shown up to work, day after day, for 30+ years. Talk about discipline, perseverance, and endurance! I yearn to emulate that level of commitment to provide for my family and honor God with my work (Col. 3:23).
- How to maintain my integrity. I may be young, but one thing I know is the longer I live, the harder it is to maintain my purity (in all areas). I want to know how to guard my heart, eyes, and actions against things that displease the Lord.
Those are five things I seek to learn from older men, but as always, I have so many more. If you have anything specific that you try to learn from people older than you, tell me about it in the comments.