Let me start by saying that moms and dads are very important in kids’ lives. They both play crucial roles. Since I am a father I am going to talk about that. Moms you can read along if you want. Our society tends to be more and more of a dad-less society. Men that are strong and stand for their family seem to be an endangered species. So this post is just an encouragement to you dads out there that are doing a good job. If you are not, it’s a challenge to say you can do more. I already knew that my job as a dad was important, but was shocked at the scientific studies out there on the dad’s role and the child’s health. A great book on the subject is, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know. This is a great book and I highly recommend it. Dads have many roles. I want to focus on the one that I find the most impactful and that is showing your kids who God is.
I have heard it said that parents don’t want to push God on their kids. They want them to make up their own mind about religion and the presence or absence of God. When we find something important for the safety of our children we teach them. We teach them not to do drugs, watch out for strangers, look both ways before crossing the street. We teach them so much about the safety of their physical bodies. How much more important is their spiritual bodies? If you believe in Jesus as Savior and that the Bible is true, why would you not teach your kids? You don’t need to know all the answers. Some of the most powerful lessons that took place with my dad was when he said, “I don’t know. Let’s look it up.” Or, “Let’s find out.”
Dads you don’t need to be perfect. You just need to point them toward the Father who is perfect.(tweet that) It is so important that you as the first authority figure in their life show them the reflection of the Father. Whether you believe in God or not your kids will turn to you for answers. If you do believe they will want to know what He is like. Be courageous, get off the center line, and find out what you believe and stand for. Communicate this to your kids.
We have all had successes and failures as a dad. Stay involved, just be there, and work at it. Be the type of man who you want your sons to be or your daughters to marry. Because they will be like you in a lot of areas. The burden is heavy and we should never underestimate the yoke of leadership in our families. Hold tight to God, stay plugged in and show your kids the way. Be the watchman that your family needs. Never underestimate your role as dad!