Hey Dad – Somebody’s Watching
Here’s a few thoughts as you start a new year.
Always remember this: “Your children are watching.” I’m sure you’ve heard it said that kids are more likely to follow
your example than they are to listen to what you have to say. Yes, “actions do speak louder than words.” So dad, it’s always best when what you say and do are both positive and consistent.
Children enjoy spending time with their daddy. It thrills them to know that you want to hang out with them whether its quality or quantity. I believe this phrase to be true; “Love is spelled “T.I.M.E.” Talk with your children. Ask questions. Laugh with them. Play with them. Teach them things. Oh yes, and listen to them too. Of all the people in the world that will influence your child, you will have the greatest opportunity.
Don’t be a “wimpy” dad either. Stand up and protect your children and family. Take the initiative to make sure they are safe from the dangers of this world. Encourage them to make wise choices. Be ready to make quick adjustments to keep your children from harm. Do everything in your power to help them feel safe and secure in their home and community. Protect them from predators, not only physical predators, but also predators of their hearts, minds, and spirits. And lastly, be willing to stand in the gap as needed for what is right and noble.
Make a decision today to be a man who controls his emotions. Seek to live your life in such a way that inspires your family and amazes others who are watching. Talk with your children about making wise choices, and remind them that every action begins with a thought. Check out Proverbs 16:2, “You may think everything you do is right, but the Lord judges your motives.”
I challenge you to teach these things to your kids, not only through your words, but also through your actions.
God will bless you and help you be a better dad. All you have to do is ask. Proverbs 16:3 says “ Ask the Lord to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out.”
Pastor of Families, Westwood Baptist Church, Alabaster, AL