Courageous Boy Warrior loves to dress up and comes up with some very creative characters with very creative super powers. He will come up to me all dressed up and ask, "Do you need any help here?" I will always find something that he can help me with and play the part of the damsel in distress. When the task is down, I will gush, "My hero!" and give him a kiss. And he will beam from ear to ear.
I walked into my kitchen last week to find Cookie Boy Warrior had picked up a sharp knife and decided to help Mummy by cutting up potatoes. Not my finest parenting moment! After my heart stopped beating furiously and I checked his hands for any lost appendages. I inspected his work, and marveled at how well he had cut the potatoes. Cookie Boy Warrior is always by my side as I prepare dinner, and must have watched me cut potatoes a zillion times. He had cut the potatoes in 4, just as I he had seen me do many times before. Sometimes by trying so hard to keep our boys safe, we deny them the opportunity to take risks, and to find out that they are actually capable of a whole lot more then we give them credit for.
I love seeing this natural desire to rescue and to find adventure in everything come out in my boys. It is part of their masculinity. It is how God designed males. Women nurture and men fix things. It is how it was always meant to be. I see it in the hero that I married. If I have a problem, he immediately offers me solutions (without me asking him) to fix the problem. This is sometimes frustrating when all I want him to do is listen. But it is how men are wired. They see the world so differently to women.
Man is made in the image of God. Exodus 15:3 says: The Lord is a warrior;Yahweh is his name!Deep in his heart, every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue. That is how he bears the image of God; that is what God made him to be.
Our men (and boys) are made to be warriors. John Elredge goes on to say in the book 'Wild at Heart',
Capes and swords, camouflage, bandannas and six-shooters-these are the uniforms of boyhood. Little boys yearn to know they are powerful, they are dangerous, they are someone to be reckoned with.