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Parenting With Jesus Inspiration – Dads, Do Not Be So Right That You Are Wrong

Parenting With Jesus Inspiration…
Dads, Don’t Be So “Right” That You’re Dead Wrong! 

These thoughts, Christian dad, are designed to be…

Brief, yet thought worthy.
Challenging, yet not discouraging.
And Inspirational in the long run.  

With those thoughts in the background, may the Lord bless your journey through what lies before you in this brief post.

Parenting With Jesus Inspiration…
An Inspirational Quote

Parenting
Caring deeply
while being deeply committed
to the art of caring wisely.
©Lee Wise

 Parenting With Jesus Inspiration…
Dads, Don’t Be So “Right” That You’re Dead Wrong!
Reflections 

First, this is not a guilt trip piece!  I’m a Christian, a dad, a grandfather (“Pap”) and married to a beautiful wife — and my point is this: I understand failure.

And yet, second, I am sharing these very, very brief thoughts about something that I care deeply about as a Christian father.

As fathers we need to…

Create standards,
And  uphold the standards we keep.

Of this there remains no doubt.

We are to promote and maintain a commitment to truth and holiness in our homes: again, of these things there exists no doubt.

However

These standards — these “rules keeping standards” if you please — must be prayerfully kept within the context of:

Loving with all we are,
While listening with heart,
Encouraging with consistency,
Correcting in balance,
And affirming all along the way.

We must strive not to…

Demand without explanation,
Create expectations without careful thought,
Reinforce standards without grace,
Move through the process without prayer,
And lay aside the art of encouraging and affirming more while practice it less and less.

In other words, we must not be so intent on being “right” and reinforcing what is “right” at every turn in the road that we fail to exhibit to our children the same grace that brought us to Jesus: that loving, patient, consistent, mercy-filled grace!

The road of which I speak is not easy.  It is certainly not simple.  And it most often is not without heartache: true.

But by the grace of Jesus, Christian dad, I believe we must pursue with everything we are this balanced, standard-keeping lifestyle if we are to be successful in our walk as fathers of faith.

And you don’t have to look far around you to see why.

Parenting With Jesus Inspiration…
Dads, Don’t Be So “Right” That You’re Dead Wrong!
Questions

As you reflect on being a Christian father with the concepts of prayerfulness, affirmation, encouragement, heart-felt listening, grace and balanced correction standing before your heart’s door, what thoughts come to mind?  Why?  

Do you feel that Jesus is speaking to you in any way right now? Why?

Parenting With Jesus Inspiration…
Reflecting On Scripture

“Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged..” (Colossians 3:21)**

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