Photo courtesy: Sierra A. 'Father and son'
I read the following definition of DAD today by Erik Rees on Purpose Driven Connection.
D-Depend on God!
Start each day asking God to give you the wisdom and strength to be the best dad you can be. Never ever sacrifice your family on the altar of work. Yes, God is first in your life, but your family is second, and work is third. This also means stop looking at your phone during dinner or emailing while watching TV. My kids know when I'm engaged and when I'm just in the room.
A-Always Love Them!
Give your kids a hug and tell them you love them each and every day. No matter what age, hug them and talk to them. Don't replace authentic love with texting and emails. Use your voice and use your arms to convey love. It will reassure them that they are your priority. If you don't know the love languages of your kids, learn them so you can connect with them through the way God wired them.
D-Devote Your Time!
Kids spell love T-I-M-E, so make time to be with them. I don't know what this means for you and your kids, but find a way to give your kids the best part of your day (instead of the leftovers). It is too easy to slip into busyness and allow other things to suck your day away. Be deliberate in finding ways to give your kids your time.
The role of a father should never be diminished nor taken for granted. Especially during difficult times. Children learn by example. They appreciate the hard work you do to provide. However, dont let your work deter you from spending time with them. They need you. So carve time out to sit with your children and don't be afraid to do activities with them. Take them out without mom. Be present when you spend time with them. Respect their moms. Strong fathers build strong families and in turn make strong communities. Be present, be respectful, be loving.....and dads.....embrace your journey. Happy Fathers' Day!
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