Theme of the Week: How to Be a Good Dad
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: Because of our love for you we were ready to share with you not only the Good News from God but even our own lives. You were so dear to us! (1 Thessalonians 2:8, GNT)
Dig Deeper: Philippians 2:1-8
After a recent broadcast for Focus on the Family, [author] Karen Ehman told a powerful story to our producer that had to do with her husband, Todd.
When their kids were younger, Todd worked as a youth pastor, which is a full-time job—plus about 30 or 50 more hours. One day, just after he got home from rappelling with his junior high group and got ready to walk out the door to do another outreach, Todd knelt in front of his daughter, who was about four, and said, "Honey, I'm going to share Jesus with these teens, and I need your prayers."
"Oh good, Daddy," his daughter said quite sincerely. "When are you going to stay home and share Jesus with me?"
Todd left his ministry position, took a job as a GM assemblyman, started getting home at five, [and] stayed home every night with his kids. That's courageous fathering.
I'm not saying everyone should follow Todd's example. But we have to challenge ourselves to make sacrifices for our kids. We need to not only tell them that we love them but also show them. That might sometimes lead us to make radical choices. But being a dad should be a pretty radical experience.
—Jim Daly in The Good Dad
My Response: Are there any radical changes I need to make so I can spend more time with my family?
Thought to Apply: Acceptance and appreciation tells the child that he or she is of tremendous worth. And I can only express my acceptance and appreciation through being affectionate—and available.—Josh Mcdowell (Christian apologist, evangelist, writer)
Adapted from The Good Dad by Jim Daly with Paul Asay. Copyright 2014 by James Daly. Used by permission of Zondervan. zondervan.com.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, my children truly are gift s from you. Forgive me for those times I've neglected these precious gifts in my pursuit of other things. Help me to begin each day with a desire to be a good dad.
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