Outside of your personal relationship with God there is nothing more important than your relationship with your family. Speaking of family, here are three things I pray my kids never say, especially after they leave my home.
#1 Daddy Never Had Time For Me. I know firsthand how easy it is to get consumed with things around you while missing what is right in front of you. We all know kids grow up way too fast. I still recall my dad saying to me once, “Son, make sure you spend more time with my grandkids than I spent with you.” I knew that was a man speaking from experience saying, don’t let these moments pass you by. I’m determined to be an involved and engaged parent. For this to happen, I have to make time for my kids!
#2 Daddy Never Loved Me. I was raised in a home where I love you was common language. I tell my kids I love you about every other breath. I feel it’s really important that no matter what comes between us, they know that love is constant. They need to hear me communicate my love for them. And, my actions need to speak loudly that those aren’t just empty, careless words.
#3 Daddy Never Led Our Family. Call me old fashioned, sexist, and whatever else comes to mind. But, I still believe God has called dads to lead their families. I believe the only reason many ladies are playing this role is due to dads who have never stepped up. Being a dad is more than just having a child, drinking a beer, sitting in a chair, and going to work. Being a dad is accepting your God-given responsibility of loving and leading your family towards God’s best for them. It starts by being an example of how God would have us all to live. Then doing all you can to lead your family to do the same.
Dads and Moms, maybe in the past you’ve not done a great job in one are all of these areas. There is no time like the present to turn things around. Admit your shortcomings to God and your family. Put yesterday behind you and don’t miss another key moment with those you love so dearly.
Would love to have you join me @ Refuge Church Sundays 10:30a.m. @ the Colleton Rec Center. This could be a new year and a new you!