Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Importance of a Father

Lately I have been thinking about the important role parents play in their children's life.  Ok honestly, this issue has been burning my heart, as an issue that I am "on fire" about.  I recently had the wonderful opportunity to see the movie Courageous and it made me think about my own childhood.

There was a clip in the movie where this man hadn't talked to his dad ever and he took some flowers to his grave to tell him what was truly on his heart as a grown man.  it was heartbreaking to see how the hurt he suffered as a boy carried over to adulthood.  It made me think about all the grown men who still carry that hurt.  What example do they emulate when teaching their own children about respect and what is right?

Parents are given a wonderful job ordained by God to protect, love, and guide their children in the way they should go.  Kids see how their parents act and will copy that behavior because that is what they know to be right.

What are your actions teaching your children?

" Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."  (Proverbs 22:6)

"Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged." (Colossians 3:21)

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

"Pleasant words promote instruction." (Proverbs 16:21)

"A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction." (Proverbs 16:23)

"Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him." 
(Psalm 127:3)

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