There is nothing easy about being a dad. Especially nowadays, if conversations around the water-cooler are anything to go by. Well, we hear your pain. But, an honest look at history reveals a comforting familiarity to the foundational premise.
Fact is: dads have been throwing their hands up in the air for literally thousands of years. Fortunately for us, this means we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The iPod, maybe. But the wheel, no.
While children were frustrating the dads of yore, the teachers of yore also came up with their own ideas. So we took a look:
“10 ways to teach your son to fight Romans” didn’t seem PC.
“10 ways to marry off your daughter before she becomes a teenager” also didn’t work for us.
“10 ways to plague the Egyptians” wasn’t going to pass muster with the State Department.
The good news, however, is that we did find the following 10 things Scripture says about being a father:
1. Don’t provoke your children (Ephesians 6:4)
The alternative, the scripture suggests, is to raise them to be young people of faith.
2. Be your child’s “First Teacher” (Proverbs 22:6)
It’s our responsibility to “train up a child in the way he/she should go.” Not the school, not the government, but you—and that means dad.
3. Dads need to exemplify a good life (2 Cor. 3: 2-3)
Scripture teaches that who we are and how we live is like a “letter from God.” Our kids read that letter, every day.
4. Provide for your family (I Tim. 5: 8)
This idea covers more than rent and food. As dads it’s our responsibility to make sure our family’s needs are addressed across the board. No ducking out of this one.
5. Good dads discipline their children (Proverbs 13: 24)
The one who loves their children, scripture says, “is careful to discipline them.” This is also about proactive leadership in our homes.
6. Dads spend time with their children, and it’s not empty time (Deut. 6: 6-9).
The scriptures are clear that dads must engage their children in the kind of deep, heart-to-heart conversations that impart more than facts, but teach wisdom. Schedule some regular “conversational walks” with your children, one on one. Family time that counts.
7. Compassion is a “dad” characteristic
As a father has compassion on his children,” Psalm 103:13 points out, “so the LORD has compassion.”
8. “Put your money where your mouth is”
Well, not in those exact words. But James 1:22 instructs us to not only be “hearers” of God’s word, but “doers” also.
9. Dads never give up on their kids
The story of “The Prodigal Son” (Luke 15:20-24) is the story of a father who never gives up hope and is ready to receive his child back with open arms. We can discipline, we can hold accountable, but we must never give up.
10. Dads pray for their children (1 Chronicles 29:19)
King David prayed for his son, Solomon. Children who know without any doubt that their dads pray for them every day own a deep sense of love and security.
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