Pick. Your. Battles.
Think about your last "battle". It could have been a debate, a heated argument, or a physical trial. Was it worth it? If you could do it all over again, would you have done the same thing?
Most of the arguments I get in have very little significance in the grand scheme of things, and often I regret engaging in them. On occasion though, there are those battles which, controversial as they can be, are worth the risk of engagement. Not just engagement, but whole hearted commitment. Typically, there aren't many of these that we come across in our lives, so when you come across one of them, you sure know it.
I've been teaching for a long time now. I've seen the trends of culture change. I've seen the effects of cell phones and instant access to information. I've seen the explosion of social media.
I've also seen adolescent depression and anxiety skyrocket. I've seen more pressure put on kids than they can handle. I've seen an increase of procrastination and a decrease in planning, scheduling, and discipline.
Our kids aren't doing well...at least not nearly as well as they could.
I know what they need. What they need is incredibly simple, but a significant challenge, for all of us involved. What they need is countercultural. What they need, is training in warriorship.
And while creating a new, warrior mindset would benefit all of us, my heart goes out to seeing boys grow into men; strong men and not big boys who shave. That's the hill I'm going to die on. Creating a warrior mindset in young boys and teenagers so that we will all benefit from a generation of men (producers) and not just big boys (consumers).
To help kickstart this in the MoCo area, I'll be running two, week-long camps this summer. Training in warriorship for 9 hours a day. Training...not playing because dammit, this isn't a game.
I'll be doing a Facebook Live Q&A this Wednesday a noon EST. Jump in, shoot me some questions. I'm eager to hear what you all think.