Father Knows Best…
My dad taught me a lot of valuable things about life and God. When I think back on my childhood and my young adult years, my dad is always in those memories. He played a major role in my formative years.
As I got older and went to college, I met a lot of people outside of our city and our church. I couldn’t believe how many of the people that I met did not have good relationships with their fathers…or even a relationship at all.
I can remember calling my dad in tears and thanking him for all the time, prayer and effort he had put into raising my siblings and me. I thanked him for all the times he stood in the gap for us. For all the godly leadership he brought to our home.
Dads, your role is so important. God has called you to lead your home, and to lead it well. Your children are looking up to you as an example of God to them.
A few things that you can do:
- Be present- when you are home; be available to your wife and children. Have good conversations with them.
- Have fun with your kids. I can remember my dad always being goofy and making us laugh. He brought lightheartedness to our home.
- Show up at your kid’s activities. Work and life can be hectic, but it is so great to feel the support of your dad in the stands at your game, to see him standing on the sidelines cheering you on. My dad even took time off of work to go on class trips with me. That spoke volumes to me about his priorities.
- Raise your children up in Scripture. Pray over them. Let them see you as the Spiritual head of your household.