As a father of three children ages four, three, and two, I want for my children to have everything that is good for them. I want them to have a good education. I want them to have good goals. I want them to have good clothing. I want them to have good food. I want them to have good friends. I want them to have good gifts and toys. I want them to be happy and full of joy throughout their lives. I want them to have everything good because I love them.
When I say I want them to have everything, most important of all those things, I want them to know God. I want them to go to Heaven. I want them to see God in every aspect of life. When we are star gazing, I tell them “God created the stars.” When eating at the dinner table as a family I tell them “God has blessed us with food.” When in the car driving and they see a bird I ask them “what day did God make the birds?” They would scream out “day five!” They will grow up knowing God created all things (Gen 1:1), not the Big Bang. They know that the Bible is God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
If we are going to change the world for the better, we need to give our children what is good for them. What is good for them is to know God and to go to Heaven. Being a doctor, governor, president, NFL star, singer, and the list goes on, are all good futures. But we fail them if we stop short of the hope of eternal life.
Our children need to see our example as parents. We need to show them God in our actions and in our words. I can raise my three children to be good leaders in any field or career based on their interest. But if I do not give them the word of God, if they do not see that God is a priority in my life as the leader of my family, they are in danger of missing Heaven. Dads we need to take our role seriously in the lives of our children.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:1–4 KJV)
God Bless You,
From a dad who is not perfect, but trying to raise god-fearing children.