God has given us a blessing. An absolutely rewarding, challenging, humbling, legacy-filled blessing……..the opportunity to be fathers.
Our role as fathers shouldn’t be taken lightly. Our kids are watching us in many ways:
- How we interact with others
- How we treat women
- How we respect their moms
- How we lead
- How we follow
- How we handle problems
- How we show grace to others
- How we serve and who we serve
I think it’s important that we remain true to ourselves and to who God created us to be. We each have certain skills and abilities, strengths and weaknesses. Amidst the expectations of society, it’s really easy to lose focus of this.
The daily pressures that we face to be “manly” all the time can feel overwhelming. I’ve personally struggled with this at times. Culture tells us not to show our tears. I encourage you to do the opposite……show your tears and humbly admit when you’re wrong. Show vulnerability. Your kids will respect you more for it.
When you feel weak and inadequate, turn to Jesus for strength. Sometimes, falling on our faces out of reverence gives us the strength to stand firmly and confidently. In fact, it’s right where God wants us to be.
Join me in praying for our families daily. Let’s pray for God’s protection over our children during such crazy times. That His guiding hand would cover them. That God would go before them and prepare a way of blessing, that they may be a blessing to others.
This world needs more loving fathers. Men who have found the balance of firm leadership and gentleness.
Never miss the opportunity to scoop your kid’s cheeks into your palms, kiss them on the face and tell them “I love you.” Your words make a difference.
Look for the small moments. Teach them how to skip rocks, make sandwiches or pick berries. Make farting noises, laugh out loud and be goofy. It’s often in these in-between times that memories are made and legacies are left.
Think of the good men in your lives who have shaped you….be like them.
The words that I write come from my own experiences, failures and hopes. By no means have I arrived. This imperfect journey in fatherhood will continue for years to come.
Let’s be men full of integrity, love and strength, by His grace only……little ones are counting on us!