He was bristling with excitement, I could tell. Book at the ready, cookies boxed up, dues in hand; my little man was all fired up and set to start. All the details taken care of, my two guys headed out the door to have some manly bonding time with a few other friends. It was time for Contenders to begin!
A long-awaited desire has finally begun to show itself. For the past several years, the girls and I have participated in a Keepers group. (Okay, well, I run it.) We have had so much fun and really learned a lot. The ladies we’ve met, both younger and older, have added so much to our lives. We’ve grown a lot and enjoyed our time immensely.
I cannot, however, run or be a part of a Contenders group; that is specifically for guys only. (At least in my humble opinion.) Just like with Keepers, Contenders should be young men being trained up by the older men in the church; not ladies!
For years, my son has been asking for “a boys’ Keepers group”. Unfortunately, there were none in our neighborhood, nor county for that matter! That is until this past Saturday. Incredible!
Out of the blue, I get a message from a couple we’ve known for over ten years. The husband wanted to start a Contenders group but didn’t know who else might be interested in participating. I mentioned this to my husband in passing and he asked to hook up with this dad to help get things rolling.
Several lunches later, a group formed and here we are!
Contenders is in the very beginning stages, where I was about four years back. (Wow; that has certainly gone very fast!) I expect they are going to have a few quirks to work out in the first several months. It takes a little while to get things running smoothly and grow accustomed to a routine. Once things get settled though, I think they are going to increase in numbers very quickly.
Whether they multiply or not, I know my boy is going to have a marvelous time. He can’t stop talking about all the fun things they are going to learn and do. Just seeing his excited face makes my heart happy.
I wish these guys the best of luck! I’m sure the Lord is going to do some pretty amazing things through this group.
Do your boys attend a Contenders group? What was their favorite activity?
“Similarly, encourage the young men…” – Titus 2:6a