One father said, “If I had it to do all over again. I’d love my wife more in front of my children. I’d laugh with my children more. I’d listen more, even to the youngest child. I’d be more honest about my own weaknesses and stop pretending perfection. I would pray differently for my children. I would be more encouraging and bestow more praise. And finally, if I had it to do all over again, I would use every ordinary thing that happened in every ordinary day to point them to God.” Wow! That’s good advice! You can’t do it “all over again”, so please use what time you have left in the best possible way. These are tough times and your family needs your leadership–the kind of leadership that comes from you following God. Determine right now that you will “keep the way of the LORD”. That will bring His blessings upon your family.
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment—-.Genesis 18:19
Suppose you are God ( some men seem to do that without any encouragement) and this is your planet. Now suppose you are going to choose one man with whom you will build a great nation to represent you upon the earth. What qualification would you look for?
God chose Abraham, a man who would be faithful to provide spiritual guidance for his family. That’s what we need today! Someone said, “A boy loves his mother, but he follows his father”. As a general rule that is true. So, Dad you need to stop and think about where you are leading your family.
The great military hero, Gen. Douglas McArthur said, “I don’t want to be remembered as the great General who led armies and liberated the people; I want to be remembered as the Christian father who prayed and read the Bible with his children.” That, my dear friend is a wise man. May God give us more men like that!
If you have such a father–treat him right. If you are such a father–thanks! If you want to be such a father–get busy! For good or bad, your example influences your family, and you get only one chance to get it right–don’t delay.