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This week we are focusing on being a father. Like the quote below, we realize that we fail and fail miserably at fatherhood. But, we need to realize our faults and failures and learn from them. Ask God for guidance and wisdom, which he promises us. Get back up and keep at it. Without further ado, the three articles for the week along with a podcast and a freebie!
The initiative here is to write — and to write to your children. – Jonathan Parnell
Part of being a Dad, is leaving a legacy. And as a Christ follower, the most important legacy you can leave is evidence of your faith. The way you live, the things you say, and what you leave behind when you’re gone make up your legacy. So the challenge here, from me, is to ask yourself, “When I look at my life, what will my legacy say about me.” With that being said, what does your personal bible say about you? That is a challenge for me too. The article by Jonathan gives us some great advice on leaving a biblical legacy for your children. I have The Legacy Study Bible (available here on Amazon, I get no money from this link). It has wide margins for writing in and the quality will make a great gift to your children.
I have found myself thinking back to the many models of fatherhood I have seen and admired through the years. What made these fathers admirable? What set them apart? What was it that they said to their children? From these models I have drawn seven things a good father says. Tim Challies
1-I love you.
2-Let me kiss it better.
3-Come with me.
4- Please forgive me.
5- You’re forgiven.
6- Let’s pray.
7-You can’t do it.
It’s pretty simple, really. Little girls just love their daddies. They each think their daddy hung the moon. Once in a while when you look at your little gal twirling in her frilly skirt, remember she’ll be grown one day. What do you want her to know about men, life, herself, love? What you do and say now matters for a lifetime. Daddies, never underestimate the impact of your words or deeds on your daughters, no matter their age.– Tara Hedman
Christianaudio.com’s free audiobook of February is Everyone’s a Theologian by R.C. Sproul