Today’s Scripture: I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: Deuteronomy 30:19
On this weekend in the United States, we take a day to recognize fathers, and what they mean to the family unit. We’ve talked a lot this week about being an epic dad or even an epic mom, and so today, I’d like to leave you with just a few more epic ideas.
Don’t have favorites. Love your children equally, and be fair.
Appreciate every day. It is easy to get sucked into the grind of life. Time passes by so fast, and you can easily end up not appreciating the moments that you have. Savor the moments that you have with your children.
Set boundaries. Children need boundaries, and they respond when you teach them that there are lines that they cannot cross. This may literally save their life one day. Don’t just keep “moving the line” – say what you mean and mean what you say. They will appreciate it and love you for it. They will feel secure that you love them and set boundaries for them.
Protect them from infiltration. Real danger lurks in electronic media. Have protection through an internet filter or reporting software. Children need to learn how to use things like computers and cell phones, but be extremely careful. They can use your computer with you watching. They don’t have to be ignorant, but they need to be protected.
Give appropriate responsibility. Don’t expect children to perform tasks that are realistically beyond their abilities. Help them learn how to do things.
Instill gratitude. Children need to learn how to say thank you and please. They need to learn gratitude. Don’t let them always hear you complaining about everything. Teach them how to tithe and give.
Did you have an epic dad? If so, why not give him a call this weekend and say “thanks”? If your relationship with your dad was not so epic, ask God to give you the grace and the opportunity to begin to repair that relationship. Maybe you don’t know your dad, or he has passed on – take a moment and ask God to fill that void and be your perfect Heavenly Father.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.