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Paul was eleven, Rico eight. They lived across the street with an alcoholic father. As a result, the boys spent lots of time at our house. I fixed flats, tightened handlebars, and had “help” in the garage from my two shadows. One day I realized, I’m doing more than just helping a couple of neighbor kids; I’m demonstrating masculinity to two boys.

Boys learn the meaning of manhood by being close to men. Not only was I fixing their bikes, among other things, I was ushering them toward masculinity and their place in the world of men.

Talking with young men, taking them with you, letting them stand close to you-these are some of the ways men pass on their legacy. Christ modeled it for us, and it still works today.

Preston Gillham

About the Author

As a co-founder, Preston Gillham led Lifetime for 30 years. Preston is a writer, speaker, and leadership guide. He has authored numerous articles and several books including No Mercy and Battle for the Round Tower. He blogs on “Life and Leadership”. More about Preston, his writings, speaking, and his consulting practice can be located at PrestonGillham.com.