“In medieval times, all knights lived by a code. Loyalty to this high calling formed the core of every knight’s identity. It also served to define the progress of his life.” Raising a Modern Day Knight by Robert Lewis
Raising little knights can be challenging. Little boys are born with an adventurous spirit! They have a desire to be empowered. These little men dream of being courageous conquerors; they are the hunters and providers. They sense the need to become strong…the champions of good over evil…defenders of the universe!
As you raise your little knights to be loyal, here are some practical steps that will cause learning in your little man and make loyalty a reality in his life.
My life has been filled with four little boys for the last fourteen years! I have observed the challenges that come with raising a “modern day knight”, and I call you “blessed” if you finish the course with young knights who are loving, respectful and loyal!
Loyalty is a foundational block of our faith and calls for designated attention. In a day when it is the least valued and our children are absent of conviction, inundated with political correctness, following their own wills, peers, Hollywood celebrities, our bad examples… the desperate need for understanding the importance of having loyalty to God, His Word, His commands, His Plan and His purpose are imperative! Teaching loyalty through respect for authority (parents, grandparents, pastors, teachers…) should be celebrated. Blessing and protection are the promises and fruit of exercised loyalty. It should dominate all teaching opportunities with our little ones as we encourage, correct and lovingly discipline.
A loyal knight will use difficult times to demonstrate his faithfulness to God and those he serves. He respects those in authority and sees and responds to events in his life with obedience, understanding that protection is the blessing in the end. Sir Andrew proves his loyalty to King and country and is given the King’s blessing for his loyal dedication and hard work.
In our newest book in the Princess Parables series, A Royal Easter Story, we introduce five valiant young cavaliers and brothers. Each embodies a different character quality. Sir Andrew is our example of loyalty. His story is based on Matthew 25:14-30 and the Parable of the Talents. We hope we will be able to bring his story to you in the next couple of years. These chivalrous adventurers are part of the original vision we were given when the Princess Parable Books took form. We always envisioned a series of books for those of you who have little boys and are looking for books that will challenge them to exercise honorable thoughts and actions.
We hope Sir Andrew will encourage and inspire your little knight at home as you teach him the importance of loyalty.
~Jackie Johnson - I am a former tribal missionary to the Kuna Indians on the Colombian border in Central America. Fluent in several languages, my husband and I currently pastor a Spanish-speaking church in Southern California. My passion is discipling and equipping dedicated young women for life, marriage, motherhood, and beyond. I am the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three Princesses and four young Knights.