Theme of the Week: Being An Excellent Dad
Bible Verse: “This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…” Matthew 6:9 NIV
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 10:19-25
The day my first child was born, I can remember how overjoyed I was. I also remember the twinge of fear inside of me. I had never been a dad before, and suddenly I was holding this little child for whom I would be responsible.
Being a dad is a humbling job. It can often make us feel vulnerable, inadequate, and alone. Children don’t come with owner’s manuals or instructions and, if you’re like me, when you don’t know what you’re doing, or when you make mistakes, you will either pull away or get louder. Neither of these options is helpful.
There is a better option, though. When Jesus taught us to pray to our heavenly Father, he began with the word “Our.” This word reminds us that in all aspects of life, including fathering our children, we are not alone. Our heavenly Father provides countless fathers in our church families we can learn from, confide in, and get support.
The Lord’s Prayer reminds us that as dads, we are not a group of individuals. Instead, we are brothers who are connected by the love of our heavenly Father.
God knows how hard it is to be a dad. He understands the sting of rejection and the heartache of seeing his children wrestle through struggles. But God also has the wisdom to show us how to navigate these challenges.
This means that we don’t need to feel alone in our desire to be great dads because not only is God with us, but we’ve also got a family around us.
Who can you surround yourself with today? Who do you need in your life? Who can you encourage? Remember that as dads, we don’t have to do it alone. We’re in this together.
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