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This one is based on advice from my friend, Andy.
Dads, At all points in your adult life you should either have found, or are searching for the pastor who will do your funeral.
If you haven’t found at least one pastor at your church who you know well enough that you’d be pleased that he would serve for your funeral, you aren’t yet connected enough at your church.
Dads, teach your children: One of the most efficient ways to straighten a large area in a short amount of time is to make your bed.
Dads, as you’re taking down Christmas decorations, try leaving the Christmas lights up in the living room. It might add a little joy during the long winter nights.
If you don’t have any, go buy some right now – they’re 70 percent off at Target and Walmart!
Dads, here’s my once-a-December tip: During Advent, play down presents and encourage other more peaceful, hope-filled and Jesus-centered family activities.
Please go to the Fighter Verse Song Blog for more information!
Dads, teach your children that clapping, when you’re not alone but you’re the only one clapping, is most often obnoxious.
A person standing or walking in a strong wind is pushed in directions he doesn’t necessarily want to go. If it’s a headwind, it’s pushing him in the opposite direction of his goal, and he would do well to put his head down and fight against it. Doing nothing in response to the headwind might not only result in a lack of progress but he may actually be pushed backwards.
If you come home after a bad day at work or church (perhaps you’ve experienced a failure of some kind), or if you have a head-ache or some other chronic pain, or if you have goals that require focus or thought, or if you are simply in a negative state of mind – if any of these things are true as you are entering into interaction with your children, then you should consider yourself as having a headwind pushing you against positive and wise responses to your children and towards anger and impatience with them.
As your ire builds, you may be tempted to blame them (“they’re acting crazy!”), but no, they are not behaving differently. It’s your setting, your situation, your frame of mine – pushing you away from love, towards undeserved wrath against them. Against your children.
The sooner you can recognize this, the better. Then you can fight against it, put your head down and think, “This force isn’t going to push me into a greater distancing from my children.” And then move towards your children in love.
Click here to see the list of posts in this series.
… and would like to see more of what I’ve written, a good place to start is this series of blog posts about Dads and Anger
Main Thesis: Dads should never show anger when dealing with the children.
Please check it out.