With this weekend being our men’s conference — “The Reason You Live,” I’ve been thinking about a variety of topics related to men and manhood.  In the course of my thinking and perusing files, I came across this list of qualities compiled by Al Mohler several years ago about the indicators that a transition has taken place to move a child from boyhood to manhood.

These are also good reminders of (and opportunities for reflection on) the attributes that reveal my maturity as a man.

A boy has become a man when he has:

  1. Spiritual maturity sufficient to lead a wife and children.
  2. Personal maturity sufficient to be a responsible husband and father.
  3. Economic maturity sufficient to hold an adult job and handle money.
  4. Physical maturity sufficient to work and protect a family.
  5. Sexual maturity sufficient to marry and fulfill God’s purposes.
  6. Moral maturity sufficient to lead as an example of righteousness.
  7. Ethical maturity sufficient to make responsible decisions.
  8. Worldview maturity sufficient to understand what is really important.
  9. Relational maturity sufficient to understand and respect others.
  10. Social maturity sufficient to make a contribution to society.
  11. Verbal maturity sufficient to communicate and articulate as a man.
  12. Character maturity sufficient to demonstrate courage under fire.
  13. Biblical maturity sufficient to lead at some level in the church.

You can access the full discussion by Mohler on his blog (Pt. 1, Pt. 2).