From Jim’s Heart—
If you are a dad, you are part of an exciting, exclusive club. However you came to be your children’s dad and whatever the circumstances, you are their dad.
Being a father is one of the greatest privileges God extends to you. You can use these small steps to make a big difference…
- Love your wife.The most important step you can take as a dad is to love your wife. This may not be your easiest step, but it is the most important step. It is the one that goes the furthest in modeling God’s love for His children.
- Affirm in your heart that you are in Christ.If you are, you have access to God, His Word, and His wisdom—all the help you will ever need to be God’s kind of dad.
- Make sure you are growing spiritually.God wants you to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). To be a dad after God’s own heart, you will want to choose to grow spiritually. Carve out some time each day to spend with your heavenly Father.
- Don’t make excuses for not reading your Bible.I’ve heard a lot of men say, “I have to be at work really early.” Or “I don’t understand the Bible.” Or “I don’t know where to start.” If something is truly important to you, you will find a way to fit it into your busy schedule.
To the child, the father is God’s representative;
this makes the father’s task sacred and serious.
Drawn from A Dad After God’s Own Heart by Jim George, in which he shares the simple basics for how to be a good dad with your kids.