“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
The problem with many dads today is, we want to hand our kids over to professionals. We think if we make a good living, then we can afford the very best for our kids. But in trying to give our kids the best, we give them second best.
For example, no longer do dads have to be storytellers, to sit up late at night and read to the child. No, we have a professional storyteller. It’s called a television. It never gets tired. It never becomes impatient. And if you can spend just a few more hours working, you can buy your child a bigger television. When it’s time for him to learn how to play baseball, why, sir, you just stay at the job; there are plenty of professionals who will teach your child how to play baseball.
But the Bible says we’re to train a child. That means to assign responsibilities and give them training. If you want to see what your children can do, stop giving them so many freebies. Teach them there’s a link between effort and reward. Give them an allowance and teach them how to spend, how to save, and how to give.
Everything in us tells us that real dads are better than artificial dads. Is that not true? Friend, with all of our hearts, we know that is true.
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