Every single day, remind your boys Whose they are.
When we understand that the gospel is not just good news to the unbeliever, but a place where we dwell, our lives change from the inside out.
How many times did the Israelites forget Whose they were? And how many times did that go well for them? How many times do we look to something - anything - other than God to find our purpose, our identity, our significance, our value, or worth?
I do that daily.
But Jesus gives us all of those things, and in abundance. Through His life, death, and resurrection, we have the good news that none of those things need to be achieved by us, and in fact, cannot be. It's through His gracious and marvelous divinity that we are who we are.
You know that. But do your boys?
When a hard-played basketball tournament leads to dream-crushing disappointment, do they know that their worth is in Jesus? When friends reject them because they aren't cool enough, do they know that their significance is found at the cross and not in the slang they use or the jeans they wear?
Send them into the world knowing firmly that their identity is not in their job, the way they practice their faith, whether or not they choose to homeschool their kids, how much knowledge they've obtained, the kind of car they can afford, or the wife and kids they're attached to. It's in Jesus.
And really, the most important work we can do for our boys is to point them to Jesus.