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I Will, I Will, I WillPosted: November 7, 2011 in Uncategorized
These are the closing words of an incredible movie, Courageous! These words were spoken as a commitment to be a godly dad—to be the primary discipler of his kids. It’s a great family movie, but more importantly, it is a “must see” for dads. The movie challenged me in an incredible way. As I have evaluated my life in the weeks following this movie, I have a few take-aways:
1. I can’t just HOPE my kids get it – There have been many times where I have thought that as long as I keep them in church, they will turn out fine. I have hoped that they would catch what is taught. I believed this lie for many years, thinking that God owed me for being a pastor and bringing my kids to church. God did not give me my kids to hand them off to an organization. He wants me to be an integral part of their lives. I have to teach the Word of God to my kids and I have to live a godly example in front of them.
2. Together is better – “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” We need to sharpen one another when it comes to our high calling of being a dad. I cannot do life alone when it comes to this journey. I need other men to ask me the hard questions about my faith, my passion for Christ and my duty to raise godly children. I cannot hide from the opportunity to mentor other dads and I cannot hide from wanting other men’s accountability in my life. Dads, if you would be interested in a LifeGroup for the specific purpose of encouragement and accountability, please call me!
3. Being a dad is my highest calling – The highest calling from God on me is to be a father to my children. In our society, dads are seen as goofy and immature, but God has called us to be the primary disciplers of our families. He has chosen me to be the spiritual leader for my family. There is no greater honor than knowing God believes in me to raise my kids to be disciples for Him!
4. Being a good dad starts with loving my wife, Sarah – I can spend all of the quality and quantity time with my kids, but if my relationship with Sarah suffers, I am giving an ungodly example of our relationship. Each day, I am doing pre-marital counseling with my kids. No, I am not sitting them down and going over a study, but through my example I am showing them (or not showing them) what it means to love my wife as Christ loves the church.
5. It takes Courage – Doing whatever it takes to be a godly dad goes against every fiber of our being. Due to our sin nature, it will always be a struggle. The enemy doesn’t want you to be a godly dad. It will take time. It will take focus. It will take unselfishness. It will take COURAGE! In our culture, it’s not cool to be a godly dad, but it can be done. The scripture says that the same power that rose Jesus from the dead lives in me, so I have UNLIMITED resources through Christ!
Will you? Will you stand up and be a COURAGEOUS dad? I am praying for all of the dads in our church! If there is anything you need prayer for, please don’t hesitate to call me. I will even take you out for coffee so we can help you strategically plan how to impact your kids spiritually. My phone number is 918-557-1558. Lastly, I would encourage you to go see the movie—it will be a game changer in the way you view your role as a dad.