Hey, Dads! Happy Father’s Day! I hope your children will celebrate you in a big way this month, because you deserve it. Thank you for being faithful to lead your children in the way everlasting. You are my heroes. So, fathers, we get one shot at this. Let’s rise to the challenge and make significant deposits in our children’s lives. If you have not lived up to your calling, it’s never too late to start over. Apologize. Ask questions. Learn from other fathers. Practice what you learn. Being a dad can be difficult at times, but it is an incredible privilege.
You have great influence on your kids, and I know you want to help them navigate life better. Here are some lessons that I think can help children sidestep the landmines of life.
Life isn’t fair, but God is good.
Information about Jesus should inevitably lead to transformation by Jesus.
Trust God even when you can’t trace God.
Find your identity in Christ. Period.
Humility paves the way for God’s blessing to rest on your life.
Disappointment is inevitable, but God’s faithfulness is incredible.
Somebody else has it worse than you. So, fill your heart and mouth with gratitude.
Spending more money than you earn will leave you broke and in debt.
One of the best ways to avoid temptation is not to walk down its street.
Develop your relationship with God above every other relationship.
Laugh and then laugh some more (especially at yourself).
Success does not come overnight. So, work hard.
It’s just nice to be nice to others.
Genuine gratitude will move people to want to do more for you.
Wealth is built incrementally. So, save little by little.
Don’t quit a job before you have another job.
Refuse to compromise integrity for momentary success.
No one can make you angry; anger is a choice.
Think before you post anything on social media.
Your friends will determine the trajectory of your life. So, choose your friends carefully.
Ask thoughtful and meaningful questions.
If you lead anything or anyone, expect opposition.
Be willing to say NO to what you want, so you can say YES to what is necessary.
Bounce back and do not waddle in disappointment.
Failure is not final.
Love and serve people without a hidden agenda.
God can and will use your failures to accomplish his purposes.
Take responsibility for your decisions and your life.
Read good books.
Have the most important conversations face-to-face.
Give other people permission and power to help you improve.
You cannot change people. That’s the Holy Spirit’s job.
The world is bigger than your present address. So, get a passport as soon as you’re old enough.
Loving another human being is worth the risk, pain, and disappointment.
The prize of surrender to God is revelation from God.
I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2–3
Our thanks to Marvin Williams for this adaptation of his blog post. Read more from Marvin at marvinlwilliams.com.
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