Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Bringing up Dad

"Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them
up in the training and instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4

A man is inordinately influenced by culture and peer pressure
to measure success in terms of vocational and financial achievement.
Rarely is he approached with this question: "How successful have
you been as a father?" The prestige of money or job status offers
few condolences if our children grow up disrespectful, unruly,
unwise, and uncaring. The failure to devote time and attention to
effective fathering is one of life's greatest disappointments.
However, there are few accomplishments in life which are more
satisfying than rearing godly sons and daughters.
Successful fathering begins with seeing your children as a gift
from God. They are not yours to own and rule over, but to treasure
and to teach for a brief season.
The father who knows best concentrates on the character of his
child rather than overemphasizing achievement. Grades and tasks
well done are important but godly character is even more significant.
The "C" student who tries hard, knows God personally, and is
dependable and giving is better equipped for life than the "A"
student who is lazy, impulsive, and craves the support of his peers.


"Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of
children is their father." Proverbs 17:6


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