Feel-Good Friday: Life Coach/Entrepreneur Jason Wilson Embodies and Teaches the Power of Fatherhood

Jason Wilson talks with his son Jason about parenting. Credit: Mr. Jason Wilson/YouTube

This Feel-Good Friday is for those families who are giving their all, doing their all, and making an impact in their world and in their communities. You don't have the luxury of publicists pushing your accomplishments into the mainstream, and that's probably a good thing. But the world would be a much better place if they had weekly doses of your worth and weight as opposed to the latest celebrity nonsense and rehashing of the past. 


In this week inundated with Will, Jada, Britney, and Justin, Mr. Jason Wilson, "the Man of the Most High, Best Selling Author, and Emotional Stability Training® Expert" is who we all should be listening to right now. 

Wilson has a beautiful way of cutting through the noise.

Wilson runs The Cave of Adullam Transformation Training Academy, or "The CATTA," in Detroit. For 20 years, Wilson has worked with at-risk and broken men and boys, teaching them to become thriving humans and contributing members of their own families, society, and their community

Historically the Cave of Adullam Transformation Training Academy ("The CATTA") is the place where David spent the majority of his time hiding from King Saul (1 Sam 22:1). The Bible says that 400 men gathered unto David who were distressed, in debt and discontented, and David became their leader. When these men finally exited the cave of Adullam, they were referred to as “David’s Mighty Men of Valor” and together they fought to establish and stabilize Israel.

Today the Cave of Adullam is a male transformational training academy of the Yunion; a nonprofit organization in Detroit, Michigan. Boys and young men who are emotionally distressed, mentally discontented and spiritually in debt, gather here to be taught, trained and transformed into comprehensive men of the Most High.

Our mission is to teach, train and transform uninitiated boys into a generation of men who are physically conscious, mentally astute and spiritually strong enough to navigate through the pressures of this world without succumbing to their negative emotions.


Wilson's work comes from his own journey of healing from a father who was there, but wasn't there. Fatherlessness comes in many forms, and is not only the result of a man not being in the home. In this promotional video for the non-profit, Wilson says, "A father to a son is like a map on a roadtrip." Profound as well as powerful. 



Wilson is a husband and father who actively participates in the life of his family. He exemplifies being a bank along the river, guiding his family's life. This video, with his young son Jason, is incredibly heartwarming.

Then there are Wilson's "Fatherhood Friday" posts which encourage and motivate men to be active and better fathers. This is one from Wilson's Facebook page.

Since my daughter's very first day of school in 2001, I prayed with her every single morning before school. Today, that tradition continues with my son (7 years old in this photo).

Fathers, I implore you not to underestimate the profound power of prayer in our children's lives. Recent research reveals that they are facing alarmingly higher rates of anxiety and depression. Prayer teaches them how to release the burdens of stressful emotions (as advised in 1 Peter 5:7) and how to stay focused on the Most High, so they can make the most of of the day He has made (Isaiah 26:3 & Psalm 118:24).


Wilson's concepts and programs to help young men are time-tested, outlasting other programs that have attempted to redirect and rehabilitate wayward young men. 

This is Wilson's most recent "Fatherhood Friday" post, with his son Jason, now much older, encouraging men to invest in teaching their sires.

My colleague Ward Clark reflected on how hunting was used in a powerful way to not only bond he and his father, but to impart life lessons. Wilson uses his martial arts training programs in similar fashion, not only equipping young men for a positive and productive future, but probably saving their lives in the process.

Wilson has appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience, and other podcasts and news programs, but he really deserves a much larger platform. I would rather hear about Wilson's work and his practical words of wisdom than the latest tidbit from a celebrity's tell-all



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