Hey dads, hope that your week is going great! I know that it has been alright at my house. But if your house is anything like my house with three kids, there have been plenty of arguments and bickering going on at different times and it changes from a blissful home to a war zone! Here is what I mean. The oldest feels as though he has the ability and has the self-given right to pass down to the other two what they can and can not do around the house and around him. The second son feels the need to be a father figure to my youngest which is my daughter and constantly tell her what she can do. If you can’t figure out that this is a combination for disaster, I will tell you that it is! My daughter then feels the overwhelming need to loudly voice her opinion on a wavelength that even with my hearing loss, can cause a sound equivalent to fingernails scratching a chalk board that I am blessed to hear. The truly amazing thing about this phenomena is that it can take place within the first five minutes of the day during breakfast most of the time! This of course leads to an absolutely wonderful rest of the day.
Then there is the wonderful option of getting up on the wrong side of the bed from your wife. Ahh, the joys of marital bliss will at times come to a screeching halt on some days. It could be from a weird dream the night before, the inability to get a decent night sleep or going to sleep without settling a disagreement the nite before. That last one is normally my reason for a bad morning attitude.
Yet guys, did you know that there is an answer for all of this? Check this out:
1 Peter 3:8-9
8 Now finally, all of you should be like minded and sympathetic, should love believers, and be compassionate and humble, 9 not paying back evil for evil or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing, since you were called for this, so that you can inherit a blessing.(HCSB)
Did you get that? Compassionate and humble, not paying back evil for evil or insult for insult…wow! So that means that I really should not be trying to get the last word in, especially those hurtful words, during an argument. It means that I should not be yelling at my kids, for being kids, since they are just mimicking dad. I should take the time to listen to my kids and my wife. I should try to understand what their feeling and wants are in life and not simply ignore them. Those are hard things to swallow dad. But it all starts with a change of attitude on our part.
So dad, the weekend is starting today. I want you to try to do the things listed above and see what kind of change there is in your family this weekend. If you don’t notice anything, keep going! Rome was not built in a day and your family life won’t change in a day either. But I will say that my family is worth more than all the glory that Rome ever had and I am not going to give up! Till next time, Live Long and Prosper guys!