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Hebrews 12:9-11 (ESV)

Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Dads, this text is a double edge sword. It tells us what we should expect from a loving heavenly Father, and it tells us what we should expect from ourselves as loving Fathers.

The hard news is sometimes it is your duty to bring pain into your kids’ lives.

Dads, if your two year old daughter is standing in the kitchen saying, “Uh oh, uh oh”, pay her some attention.

Dads, if anyone is leading your children towards a god that is false, they are leading them away from Yahweh.

Dads, say this to yourself: I can have a major impact on the direction my children’s lives take.

This might seem like it’s in contradiction with last week’s tip, but both statements are Biblical.

It’s up to you to work out this tension in your family.

Dads, say this to yourself: I’m not sovereign over my children’s future, God is.

Dads, if there is a reasonable chance that your child will do a task without your reminder or urging (or command or nagging), don’t remind or urge her to do it. It can be very deflating.

“Rats! I was looking forward to impressing him, but now it’s just a job I have to do.”

Dads, ask your kids this question: This thing that you do, is it a sin? In other words, do you think God likes it when you do it?

Dads, it’s your job to not FREAK OUT when a child describes the emotions they are feeling.

Dads, the next time you feel your son or daughter is being unreasonable, think about this: Is it possible that you’re not really considering the issue from their point of view?

Dads, when regarding your kids and salvation, remember: Fear of hell is not a bad reason to choose Jesus.

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