You're a new dad! You're probably feeling excited, nervous, insecure, and newly motivated. As a father of five sons, I've been thinking about lessons I've learned along the way. My goal in this post is to pass along some of the wisdom I've gleaned to help you as you begin your journey as a new dad.
The reward for obedience to God's commands is life and peace. In Christ, this reward is completely yours! His perfect obedience is credited to your account. Not only does his obedience count for you, but he gives the grace and power for you to live a life of obedience now.
If fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, then listening to your parents is the first step you take on the journey to becoming wise.
I decided to write a tribute of a different sort here. Although I could write much about the charming, generous, encouraging, loving, humble and generally fascinating man he was, I decided to reflect on the example he set. What did he do as a grandparent that made such a big impact on me, my siblings, and my cousins?
Being a father is different than just being a teacher, a manager, or a leader: a father shapes the culture and behavior of a family, church, business, or organization in a foundational way that holds sway even after he is no longer present.
What is the main goal of being a father? Perhaps you have never thought about this, but in any area of life, we have to know where we are going if we are ever going to get there. Another way of saying this is the “Why” should determine the “How.” Once we answer the question of why we are going to do something, then we can rightly address the question of how we will do it. If you get this order wrong, you will be lost, as you will begin with the practical solution rather than the heart attitude.