Fathers….The Missing Element

We are living in a day when fathers are often missing in action.  There was  a report presented nine years ago at an American Sociological Association convention. In this report it tracked 6,000 males, ages 14-22, from 1978 to 1993 to reveal that when fathers aren’t present in the home, youths are twice as likely to end up in jail.  We are living in a time where we need good fathers.

How do we be good fathers? We can readily agree  this nation, society, the family and even the church needs good God-fearing fathers.  The question that demands to be asked is, “How do we be good fathers?”  Let me share these suggestions with you. They are by no means all conclusive, but they are a place to start.

  • As fathers we must love God with all our heart, soul, and mind.  We need men who are committed to God.  Everything starts with our commitment to God.  This is the foundation on which all must rest.  Without commitment to God we cannot be the kind of father necessary to fill a place so important.
  • As fathers we must treat our mates properly. If we examine Ephesians 5:25-28 we read that men are to love their wives as Christ loved the church. Our love toward our wives is similar to the love we have for ourselves. We often miss the point of loving our mate.  She is to be the most important part of our lives next to God.  The best thing a father can do for his children is to treat their mother as the special gift she is.
  • As fathers we must provide the proper example. Ephesians 5:1 tells us to be imitators of God.  How can you imitate God without living an example before our children?  As a father, one of the most embarrassing things to face would be for your son to fail to understand how to be a good husband or father.  We must live lives of proper example.
  • As fathers we must determine we will bring up our children in the training and instruction of the Lord. Godliness is no accident.  Our children need proper instruction in the important matters of life.  We need fathers who will step up to the plate.  It isn’t mom’s responsibility to provide the spiritual guidance alone.  Dad must be part of this equation.
  • As fathers we must provide an attitude of humility in the family. Too often as fathers we display an attitude that says, “It’s my way or the highway.”  No one is right all the time.  Our families need to be able to see our humanity.  Families need men of steel and velvet.

This is by no means all the things it takes to be a good father.  This is only the beginning.  Keep this in mind, good fathers are no accident.  To be a good father and husband ought to be a goal all men hold dear.  Gentlemen, think on these things.

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One Response to Fathers….The Missing Element

  1. Jimmy Kinnaird says:

    Great blog. Thanks for the inspiration.

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