2. Teach Him to Reject a Disposable World.
By most standards it was a nice truck — solid white with a full back seat, and less than two years old. At 19, this wasn’t even Steve’s first truck.
Traveling down a country road with a buddy, he took a sharp right off-road into the middle of a cornfield. It didn’t take long for the little truck to get stuck in the freshly plowed field. He threw it in forward, then reverse, and back again. Wheels spun, mud flew, and the engine roared. But all he managed to accomplish was digging deeper ruts to nestle his tires in.
“You’re going to blow your motor!” his wide-eyed passenger shouted as he clung with both hands onto the side grip handle above the door.
“So? That would be cool. Then I get a new truck!”
Abundance tends to breed waste. If it’s cheap, we expect it to break so we can toss it and get another one. This mindset can spill over into every area of life. It doesn’t have to be inexpensive to not hold its value.
Now in his late 30s, Steve has already had three wives and countless relationships.
If we want our boys to see the value in the big things in life as men, they must learn to appreciate and care for the little things as boys.
Even a child instinctively knows — easy come, easy go.