I Am Not Ashamed to Be a Dad! – Part 1

Later this year I will have the honor of speaking at a Men’s Conference at my home church.  The 2013 Why Me? Men’s Conference will be August 9th & 10th and I will be speaking on something near and dear to my heart, being a dad.  The title of my talk those two days will be “I Am Not Ashamed to be a Dad!”  There are many things that I am to a lot of people.  However I place the title of “Dad” above all but “Husband” and “Child of God”.  Over the next few Monday’s I will be posting parts of my class on here for the dads and Husbands of Homeschooling moms.  I would love to see you there if you can make it, but if not, here is one of the classes…

Raising good kids is piece of cake.  Now, before you walk out in protest and say that I am crazy, let me explain.  To make a good cake, there are a number of ingredients that must go into that cake.  There is the mix, and the sugar, and the icing and so on.  In the same way, great kids are normally produced form proper ingredients.  Put these things in your home and you can be confident that you are doing all you can to produce a good cake.

Now let me say this.  Sometimes, you can do everything right.  You can follow the instructions on the box to a “T” and still have a bad cake.  You’re not sure what went wrong, but it doesn’t taste right.  In the same way, parents can do everything in their power to produce great kids and still see one of them veer off the path.  Free will was the ingredient that God chose to place into the bowl, and when He did, we lost the ability to control our children.  They are free to make their own choices.  Godly parents can sometimes produce a prodigal son.

But having said that let’s examine 5 ingredients for Great Kids and Great Dads!

  1. Concern
  2. Boundaries
  3. Consistency
  4. Hands On Training
  5. Values

Next week I will go further into the ingredient of Concern and how it ties into family with 1 Timothy 5:8.

1 Timothy 5:8

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

But if anyone does not provide for his own, that is his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

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