What a boy wants and what a boy needs don’t often line up. Ask a boy what he wants for Christmas he might say a pair of Curry 3 or Lebron Soldier basketball shoes. His list might include a new iPhone, video game or something with the word “ball” in it. The styles and brands and technology have changed, but boys are still boys.
But when you ask a mom what they want for their son growing up on Chicago’s South Side, what gift they wish they could give him, her answer is likely to be very different. She longs for him to be happy, healthy and safe and dreams of him finishing school, finding a good job, raising his own family, and becoming the kind of man any mom would be proud to call her son.
Turning boys into great men isn’t about giving boys everything they want. It’s about giving boys what they need to grow up and become men of good character, men of godly faith, and men of significant influence in their homes and community. These things won’t be found under Christmas trees wrapped in shiny paper and topped with bows. They are discovered and refined and applied over a lifetime. And ultimately, they are found in Christ: accepting Him, loving Him, serving Him, and following Him!
My Christmas wish list for each boy involved in Young Knights is this: may they unwrap the ultimate gift, the gift that changes everything, the gift of Jesus Christ - all that He is and all that He has for their lives.
No one deserves this gift. You can’t earn it, beg for it, or steal it. It came at a great price, and yet, for those who receive it by faith, it is ours to unwrap and enjoy!
“The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” – Ephesians 2:8
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above…” – James 1:17
“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” – 2 Corinthians 9:15
May we each receive and share THE Gift!