Younger men, you do need guidance from older men. At the same time, the myth that the older generation has it all together must be erased. We don't. We are learning and growing in many of the same ways young men are. God has taught older men a number of things, though — through our strengths and weaknesses, through our successes and failures — that he may have intended for you. There is counsel that can ground you in the midst of life's turbulence (inside of you and around you) and equip you to become more mature in Christ (Colossians 1:28).
Here are five points that have served me well, as well as the young men I've mentored. They are a companion piece with Paul Maxwell's five things younger men need from older men.
1. Find your identity in Christ.
It might sound cliché, but far and away the most important thing I have to say to younger men is that your identity must be anchored in Christ (Romans 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17). We all define ourselves in various ways, and some of these are appropriate to an extent. But our identity must, first and foremost, be grounded in Christ. It is in our union with him that we have deep and real security. We are perfectly known and deeply loved (Ephesians 1:4–5).
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