I haven’t had time to put anything together in honor of Father’s Day, but when I read this article I thought it would be appropriate to share it with my readers. I strongly agree with Richard’s recommendations and the order in which he prioritizes these four areas. My husband and I implemented all of these with our children, admittedly some more successfully and consistently than others. No matter how parents may strive to do all of this, and more, for and with their children, of course we know there are no guarantees with regard to how our children will become as adults. But we must always remind ourselves that, at the end of the day, at the end of our lives, ultimately our children are in our heavenly Father’s hands. Sure, I long for my children to one day “rise up and call me blessed,” like the Proverbs 31 woman. But more importantly, I await the day when my Father will say to me, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
FROM Richard Phillips Jun 17, 2015
Not just any fatherly involvement can reach the hearts of our children. To really open up a child’s heart, a father must observe the work-and-keep model of Genesis 2:15. There must be the working—as a father nurtures and cultivates the soil of a child’s heart. And there must be the keeping—the correction that, as we will see in the following chapter, is to be exercised in a relationship of joy and love.
I am constantly amazed at the number of people who assure me that their fathers hardly ever praised them, but constantly criticized and berated. I meet people all the time who tell me that their fathers beat into their heads that they were losers who would never succeed. I can scarcely imagine what that is like. There is only so much a pastor can do to remedy such an upbringing…
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