Today I am reaching out to men.
If you are a woman, I encourage you to share this post with the men in your life.
Men … there is something you must know. It is of critical importance.
YOU may be a defining person in the life of a little girl.
Did you know that?
The men in a girl’s life are profoundly influential. Whether you are a father, grandfather, uncle, brother, grandfather, husband, cousin, friend, group leader, teacher, coach, you leave a mark on the girls whose lives you are a part of. Even if your role is not as significant as you might think, believe me, you have an effect on that little girl. It may be in your words and your actions, or through the giving of your time and talents, or lending a listening ear, or simply being present.
This is not a matter to take lightly. It is a huge responsibility. You are modeling how men should treat women, how they should act, what they should say, and whether you know it or not, you may be forming an image of the kind of man who that girl will one day seek after.
I have seen this first-hand. I have experienced it myself as a little girl. Now that I have two daughters, I feel responsible to teach them to guard their hearts. I feel incredibly blessed by the men in my daughters’ lives. They have an amazing family of dedicated, compassionate, and loving men who help care for them and give of their time and talents to encourage my girls. They have a loving father who does his best to stay connected and maintain deep roots with his little girls, even from miles away. They have a supportive male role model in our home who gives of himself every day to be sure they know they are safe and loved. They have wonderful grandfathers who are fun to be with and who provide them with examples of healthy marriages. They have been blessed with six uncles, and whether they see them often or not, they look forward to the moments they can spend together because these are men of great character who have diverse and exciting personalities.
We are also blessed to know many other men, from our community, from our church, and from their schools, who connect with them through an interest or hobby and help them grow in their abilities, always encouraging them and reaffirming their contributions.
So men, listen close. Little girls are watching you. They see what you do, they hear what you say. And trust me, they take it to heart.
Let your words lift them up. Let your actions be nothing but compassionate. Let your interactions be affirming.
One day these little girls will look for someone just like you. Let that be a good thing.