Fathers need to lead by example and set the pace for their kids to follow. Jay (an Elevate small group leader) shared how a dad stepped up and demonstrated a life-changing message to his son. This is what Jay had to say:
“For three years, I had Vitaly’s son, Eli, in my Elevate small group; he is now in Student Impact and recently turned sixteen. Vitaly reached out to me, and other men who have been part of Eli’s life, and asked us to participate in a celebration of him turning sixteen.
It was no ordinary celebration.
Vitaly asked each of us to park at different points in their neighborhood, and then they would go for a walk. Once they approached our spots along the sidewalk, we would then join in. The point was to illustrate that in life you don’t need to walk in this world alone; you have people in your life who are willing and able to help you along the way.
Afterward, we went back and all the men shared truth with Eli, places where we saw significant growth, areas of caution, and sharing what gifts we believe God has blessed him with and how he could use those gifts as he continues his journey to being an adult. We cheered for Eli, and to be honest, cried together, too. I was truly honored to participate in the activity and could clearly see how moving the activity was for Eli.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Vitaly tries to live that example with his kids every day.”
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