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July 1

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7:00 A.M.

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Fatherhood Entails Teaching

Proverbs 22:6New International Version (NIV)

Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

It is essential for fathers to teach their children principles of honesty, integrity, and respect for other people. These principles are seemingly eroding away in our culture. In my mind, we are not only failing to teach the importance of these characteristics, but living them out within our own lives.

I often get hit for being direct in teaching, preaching, and even in my writing, but that is how I was taught. My dad expected me, as a young man, to do what is right and to live it. That was the teaching my dad instructed me with.

Men, we only live to be 60-80 years old at best. Time flies, and it goes quicker as I get older. So, I see teaching and writing as being direct way to communicate important issues.

I like to hang around men who do not beat around the bush. They are not asking to be coddled, but to be raised. That is what raising kids is about. It is important to show your children love, direction, and  to raise them. Step into that arena and know that fatherhood teaching is important. You will impact the generations to come.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Fathers Needed

1 Timothy 5:8New International Version (NIV)

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

A father’s place in the home as AT Home. Most men are taken away from the home in order to provide for their families. It is Biblically a necessity. We are not called to be absent when we are home.

This past week I had a conversation with my son before he left America to go on a mission trip to Uganda. He was leading a group of twenty adults to do mission work at an orphanage. I am proud of him.

While I was talking with him on the phone, I heard my grandkids in the background. I asked what they were doing. Hours before his take off from the Kansas City Airport, he was taking time to play monopoly with them. He was being engaged in family time and being present at home.

Too often as men, we fail in those moments. We are so exhausted from work and the stress of life, we become more of a father in in the physical form rather than emotionally engaging with our families.

The Apostle Paul is pretty direct in this portion of Scripture. Those who choose not to care for their own household is worse than an unbeliever. That means they are lost. A lost father who only exists in a family is not leading in the way the Bible directs.

Fathers, choose to engage with your family. Your wife is counting on you. Your children are counting on you. Our Father in Heaven has placed you in such a time as this to lead your family. Love your family well.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Time

Psalm 90:12New International Version (NIV)

12 Teach us to number our days,
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Time. All of us have a season of time. From the beginning of conception, is the beginning of time. Even for a child that could only be moments from the time of birth, to those who live to be in their 90’s, and beyond. We all have a season of time.

This past week my like hit 57. It seems like a long time, but when I look back, it looks like a blink. James 4:14 says, “Your life is like the morning fog. It is here a little while. Then it is gone.”

Most people will say in their life, “I wish I could have had more time.” For most it is because they fear death. Mark Twain says this about time, ‘The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.’

This is where I am at in my life. I have rounded second base and third is in full view. I want to live a life that prepares me with the time I have left before death. I want my wife to know we spent a full life together. I want my children to pass on to their children that their dad had a full life serving Jesus.

What are you doing with the gift of time in your life? Are you chasing wisdom and legacy? Is your life chasing Jesus no matter your age?

I leave you today with this thought about ‘Time’ by Bil Keane, “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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