He isn’t able to fly through the air or leap tall buildings or walk through doors or disable large armies. He isn’t perfect as his flaws evidence themselves at times. He doesn’t always understand and occasionally he forgets. His energy isn’t endless and his patience sometimes wears thin (Not to mention the hair on his head J). Though he’s no superhero, he is your very own dad.
Scripture places much responsibility on fathers to train up their children (Proverbs 22:6), to discipline their children (Proverbs 3:12), to teach their children (Deuteronomy 6:7), to love their children (Proverbs 3:12), and to provide for their children (1 Timothy 5:8). But the greatest privilege for fathers is to point their children to Jesus (Ephesians 6:4).
How can dads do it? How is it possible? Dads, direct your focus upon what really matters: “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2). With an eternal perspective and with a heart saturated in the Word of God (Colossians 3:16), then lead the way for your family as you extend this challenge to them:
“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1)
Dads, root yourself in the Lord, than invite your children to follow your example. You’re not flawless, but you are forgiven.