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The Importance of a Dad
He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children. MALACHI 4:6
When I gaze at the family snapshots on my desk, a lump forms in my throat. Where are the grinning little boys proudly holding stringers of fish? When did they grow up to become fathers with their own little boys? Where are the little girls in pigtails? When were they transformed into stunning brides? Time does not stand still, nor does the life of a family. But there is one thing that doesn’t change: the importance of a dad. A boy needs the heart of his father and the fellowship of men. He needs at least one man who pays attention to him, spends time with him, admires him and teaches him how to become a man himself.
A boy needs a role model. From experience, I can tell you how easy it is for dads to be selfish. When our children were younger, I struggled with placing my children’s needs above my own desires. I realized that I had a choice to make every day. If I had gone home from work and retreated into my own world, I would have squandered my responsibility to build into my kids. It requires perseverance, not perfection, to be the father that your children need. You will not be flawless. But you can learn how to reserve energy so that
you don’t come home from work so emotionally exhausted that you have nothing left for our kids. You can choose not to bend to selfishness but instead to say yes to investing in the next generation.
When our children were little, it occurred to me one day that I needed to save some energy for home. On a card I wrote, “Save Some for Home.” I clipped that card to the shade of my lamp on my desk and for more than a decade, it reminded me of my children’s needs for a daddy. Dads, do you have an extra paper clip?
On a 1- to 10-point scale (1 being poor and 10 being outstanding), grade yourself as a father. How involved are you in your children’s lives emotionally, relationally and spiritually?
Pray that you will be there for your children.