“A father acts on behalf of his children by working, providing, intervening, struggling, and suffering for them. In so doing, he really stands in their place. He is not an isolated individual but incorporates the selves of several people in his own self." —Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics
Dads, Nobody ever said being a dad would be easy (and if they did, they’re probably are not talking from experience). Sometimes you struggle. Sometimes you fall. Sometimes you are imperfect men. But if you are to raise strong children and maintain strong families, you must persevere through the difficult times.
There will be struggles as a dad, a husband, a brother and a friend. While some days may seem quite dark, never give up. In fact, fight harder to reclaim your children, marriage, extended family and friends. When you are weak, you are strong in the Lord. Draw your strength from him. The one who knows you best and ask that you do not lean on your own understanding, But in all your ways to acknowledge Him and he will direct your path.
Some of you can relate because You too also have known dark days. You have had failures as a father, brother, friend and a husband. But You can choose every day that you will not be defeated by your problems. You don’t have to walk around defeated because the battle is already won. You just need to walk in your victory. Your faith, and determination to fight for your family, and your dedication to defeat any weapon that comes up against you will help you to rise from the depths of despair.
You can do it. God promises to never leave you nor forsake you. Just Stand on His word.
If you’re in the midst of a struggle right now, don’t give up. Keep fighting. Keep pressing forward. Dig deep inside yourself and find the strength of God to overcome. God said he knows the plans he has for you. He knows your beginning and your end. And he has given you the power to emerge victorious. Your family is worth the effort.
Your children will outgrow your lap, but they will never outgrow your hearts. You are their first love.
Dads you are:
- Loving and kind
And you are our earthly example. Being a role model is the most powerful form of education. Clarence Budington Kelland said that:
“My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it."
Be the best example you can be. Stay Strong, God has given you everything you need to succeed just trust him and stay faithful and hold on to his unchanging hands.
I leave you with Joshua 1:8 (NLT) and it states:
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”
You are our rock star and we love you. God Bless!