1 Samuel 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were corrupt; they did not know the LORD.
Observation: Eli experienced great success as a priest, not at all as a parent. He was a whimp as a paerent failing to discipline his sons. He taught others but not his children expecting his kids to get it because he was a preist and judge.
Application: Rick Warren famous preacher and writer son just comitted suicide after years of a mental illness battle. Tony Dungy famous football coach and christian speakers son comitted suicide. I’m writting this not to judge these men but to remind myself that if these men had children that anguished to a point that they took there own life why would I think that I’m above my children struggling. I’m new to fatherhood but see certain things as important. Live out my priorities; God,wife,kids then ministry. Show my kids the love of God, discipline them, teach them independence. This needs to be a proactive pouring out of myself into the ministry of husband and dad.
Prayer: Lord keep me focused on your priorities seeking YOU. I give you my kids. Thank you for allowing me to be their dad. Help me to be strong enough to point them to YOU. Protect them from my failures as an earthly parent. Protect and build up their spouses even now. Help me to raise them the way they are bent. Make me consistent, patient, strong, and gentle. Amen