MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016
It appears that if Dad takes God seriously, then his children do as well. – Rick Johnson (Founder of Better Dads, writer, and speaker based in Gresham, Oregon)
Key Bible Verse: Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me – everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:9)
Dig Deeper: Deuteronomy 6:1-9
Whether you want the job or not, whether you feel qualified or not – Dad, you are the theology professor in your home. You set the spiritual tone and foundation in your home and likely the belief system your children adopt – at least until they are old enough to develop their own.
Every day you are teaching your kids about God, faith, truth, and the Bible through your actions and words. Didn’t think you were signing up for that when you decided to become a father, did you? And once you are in this position, you can’t resign. Because even your resignation will teach your kids something about faith. And being passive or apathetic about your spiritual walk [also] teaches them.
When I came to Christ at forty years of age, I definitely felt that being the spiritual leader in our home was going to be a challenge. My kids were eight and ten years old at that time. So how can we best go about being the spiritual leader that our children need and that God has called us to be? We have to start by refining our own spirituality so that we can pass it along to others.
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