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A Toolbox For Life: A Call For Male Mentors

Some time ago, a family friend offered to help my son fix his bicycle.



Upon entering the friend’s workshop, my son’s eyes widened as he saw the array of equipment lining the walls: the toolboxes, work benches, and hand tools, each in its own special place.

With patience, our friend mentored my son in the affairs of bicycle repair:

how to check for a flat,

the amount of air pressure to put in a tire,

how to replace the seat and handgrips,

how to clean the chain.

But more important than his willingness to repair a bicycle was his natural ability to mentor my son in the things that matter most:

how to be kind,

how to help your neighbor,

how to earn someone’s trust,

how to work hard,

and how to be organized (so that the Spirit will feel comfortable being in your presence).




As we were driving home with the bicycle, now gleaming and in a state of perfect repair, my son said excitedly:

“He was so nice, Mom, and so was his wife! She came out to talk with us. You should have SEEN his workshop, Mom! It was filled with tools of every kind and, believe it or not, everything had its own place and was put where it belonged.”

He paused for a moment, then continued.

“Can I start organizing my workshop tomorrow, Mom? I want mine to be like his.”




As a mother, I am so grateful for the tools our friend shared:

the tools used to repair a bicycle, yes,

but mostly, for the ‘life tools’ he so generously shared with my son–tools that will bless his life, now and in the future.

“If you ever need anything,” he had said as we were preparing to leave, “I’m here. Don’t hesitate to call.”
And he really meant it.






As I was writing this experience down, a song came to mind:

by William P. Merrill, 1867-1954

Rise up O men of God,
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and soul and mind and strength,
To serve the King of Kings,
To serve the King of Kings.

Rise up O men of God,
His Kingdom tarries long,
Bring in the day of brotherhood,
And end the night of wrong,
And end the night of wrong.

Rise up O men of God,
The Church for you doth wait.
Send forth to serve the needs of men
In Christ our strength is great,
In Christ our strength is great.

Lift high the Cross of Christ,
Tread where His feet have trod,
As brothers of the Son of Man,
Rise up O men of God,
Rise up O men of God.

Rise up O men of God,
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and soul and mind and strength,
To serve the King of Kings,
To serve the King of Kings.


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Rise up, O men of God—those of you who have been called to “bring in the day of brotherhood” and “serve the needs of men”—rise up and seek out a young man to mentor,

for our sons and brothers–now more than ever–need your friendship,

your righteous example,

and your spiritual strength

to help guide them through life:

to help them recognize their potential,

to encourage them to aspire to great things,

to become the man God desires them to become.


DISCUSSION: How have mentors blessed the lives of the boys in your life? What ‘life tools’ have they added to your boys’ toolbox?



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