By: Ps. Rich Harding
Becoming a father changed my entire life (such a cliché, I know). I began to think more and more about fatherhood, and as a result, of the father figure in my life.
I am very fortunate to have a great father, who invested time and effort in developing his relationship with each of his children. He truly was a great example in my life and he quickly became one of my best friends. What is it about my dad that I love and that inspires me to imitate him? I can summarize it in three things.
One of the things I love about my dad is that he was the Family Provider. The Bible says: "But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." They are strong words from the most prolific writer of the New Testament, words that bring a little more than just conviction. But as far as my dad is concerned, he definitely worked hard.
The problem is that...
We have an important mission!
I believe that being a parent is one of the greatest responsibilities and privileges God has given to man. I am so thankful for the greatest parenting book of all time, the Word of God! It is only there where we find divine wisdom to successfully take on this great task that was birthed in the Father’s heart.
I want to start by sharing a few wise words spoken by King Solomon:
“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
This is our main job as parents, but what does it mean to train? It means to guide and direct the little person God gave us until they reach a point of maturity.
Many times we think that the easiest thing to do is tell our children what to do or not to do. However, that is NOT training them up. More than a command, instructing is a process that demands time, PATIENCE,...