This generation is increasingly becoming a fatherless generation.
Dads do make a difference.
I take fatherhood seriously. For I know that if I miss this sacred opportunity, I’ll miss this for eternity.
The truth is, the world needs few good fathers.
Here’s how to become one.
1. Be a Better Husband to Become a Better Father.
Apostle Paul himself emphasized this when he instructed Christian households. “Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them…Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.”
No one can become a better father without becoming a better husband.
As such, Paul made it sure that for fathers to have an authentic authority and moral ascendancy to lead their children, fathers ought to love their wives.
Nothing is more discouraging or disorienting for a child than to see their dad neglecting their mom.
If I want my children to see how much I love them, I have to show them how much I love their mom.
2. Bring Your Children to Christ to Become a Spiritual Father.
In another letter of Apostle Paul, he said, “Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.”
Likewise, the most important duty of a Christian father is to see to it that their children are in Christ Jesus.
Why is this so? Why not just entrust this role to pastors, teachers, and evangelists? It’s because no one knows your children better than you do.
Fathers ought to lead each of his children to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
If you care for the eternal destiny of your family, it is your sacred duty to ensure that everyone in your household has come to know and believe in Jesus.
3. Build Up Your Children in the Lord.
Build or break, being a father is dead serious but it doesn’t mean one cannot have fun.
Fatherhood is one of the greatest roles on earth. It takes more than having a wife and a child. It means raising the whole family in all aspects of life.
Don’t conclude too quickly. Fathers are not perfect; only God our Father is perfect. That’s the reason why any father should get closer to God to become a better father.
Have you noticed I did not say “perfect father”? And have you observed that perfectionist fathers are insanely insane?
If you hate perfectionists in your workplace, the same is true on perfectionist fathers. They breed resentment, discouragement, and exasperation among many negative feelings.
Paul himself said, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
I believe, the greatest role of a true father is to build his children in the ways of the Lord.
Fathers, since we only have one life–and it’s quite short–to live, isn’t it time to really become a better father?
May you join me in this quest to become better fathers everyday for our families. Therefore, I get close with our Father above because apart from Him I can’t do anything.
Glenn Plastina © 2017