10 Ways to Be a Man of Integrity

great stuff from All Pro Dad

One of the best definitions of character we’ve ever heard goes something like this: “Character is what you do when no one else is looking.”

This is one reason golf is such a great life-lesson game. It’s the only professional sport where the participants call penalties on themselves.

But men of integrity value what is honest, true, noble, trustworthy, kind, and right ahead of personal gain. Once integrated into our foundational operating system, integrity ceases to be optional or “add-on”, but instead becomes a way of life.

Here are some suggestions that will help once we decide to make integrity a foundational value:

Click here to read these ten helpful ideas.

A Prayer for Fathers and Their Children

Unto The Next Generation

Deuteronomy 4:9 – Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

Lord, a family friend planted fruit trees, although years would pass before anyone benefited from his action. I realize that it takes a special individual to plan for the next generation. Develop an obligation in me to pass on what I have received and add to it. Let me plant seeds in my children’s hearts. May I nourish them so they grow into honest and upright citizens who reflect their Creator. Amen.

Children of Power

1 John 5:14-15 – This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.

Heavenly Father, I pray my children will understand that they can make a difference through prayer. May they recognize your power and what they can accomplish when they pray in your will. May they pray daily so that they will grow in faith and become the Christian leaders this country needs. I ask you to anoint them with wisdom and give them strength and protection. My desire is that they choose to walk in your will all their days. Amen.

Taken from Prayers with Purpose for Men, Barbour Publishing, Inc. 2010

Prayers for Father’s Day

I found the following prayers in a book of prayers called, Prayers with Purpose for Men. I thought the following little prayers were worth sharing.

Happy Father’s Day,
Dale

Father, help me steer my children to pursue righteousness. Help me develop their courage, endurance, and good judgment. My desire is to establish in their hearts the right choices so they will follow them despite adversity. Help me encourage them to be gallant in upholding the values that reflect your holiness. Let them understand that you’re beside them so they can overcome their fears when pursuing a noble purpose. Amen.

Father God, how my children perceive me, their earthly father, will influence how they view you, their heavenly Father. I pray I will be the proper example of you in their lives by showing affection, benevolence, and consideration. I know your love is unchangeable and filled with power and wisdom. Bless me as I strive to develop the same unchangeable love for my family. Strengthen my resolve to illustrate your devotion to those in my life. Amen.

Lord, a family friend planted fruit trees, although years would pass before anyone benefited from his action. I realize that it takes a special individual to plan for the next generation. Develop an obligation in me to pass on what I have received and add to it. Let me plant seeds in my children’s hearts. May I nourish them so they grow into honest and upright citizens who reflect their Creator. Amen.

Heavenly Father, I pray my children will understand that they can make a difference through prayer. May they recognize your power and what they can accomplish when they pray in your will. May they pray daily so that they will grow in faith and become the Christian leaders this country needs. I ask you to anoint them with wisdom and give them strength and protection. My desire is that they choose to walk in your ways all their days. Amen.

Father’s Day Stuff

I’ve been away at Annual Conference this week and so haven’t (on purpose) posted anything. Just got back and have found some encouraging and informative things in my in-box related to fatherhood. Therefore, since tomorrow is the big day… here are some things that I think will bless you as you reflect on fatherhood. Don’t forget to thank your dad and tell him you love him!

Happy Father’s Day,
Dale

All Pro Dad at Tim Elmore’s blog.

Dads, Your Career is an Means, Not an End by Byron Yawn at Christianity.com

Are Father’s Days Events at Churches a Waste of Time? at Christian Post

Why Every Day Must be Father’s Day at Huffington Post

Remember Dad on Father’s Day at Vision  Forum

Leading Your Family Well at Gospel Coalition

Fathers: Key to Their Children’s Faith by Michael Craven

Leaving a Godly Legacy at Raising Godly Children

Meaningful Men - Podcasts at Boundless

The Thrill of Dishonoring my Father by Joshua Rogers at Boundless

10 Great Songs About Dads at The Art of Manliness

The Goal of a Father at Man in the Mirror

A Man’s Guide to Father’s Day at Man in the Mirror

Ten Things to Teach Your Son about True Manhood at All Pro Dad

Three Reflections Every Dad Should Read at Focus on the Family (also check out the other recent posts on the sidebar)

The Challenge for Fathers to Be Champions at Sermon Search

Fathers, You Are Vital (see video below)

40 Ways for Fathers to Make a Difference

by Michael Farris at Crosswalk.com

Michael Farris’s lists are always helpful, fun (and convicting) to read. With Father’s Day around the corner, I thought I would share this one again. It’s a great one for dads.

Here’s a snippet…

During the holidays, dads often have a little more time to do things with their children. This is a time of year when moms definitely can use an extra hand. Few things will mean more to your wife, or help her as much, as spending extra time in beneficial activities with your children.
 
I often am asked to give practical suggestions to fathers. Usually, I have approached these requests in an organized fashioned that presents principles, ideas, and methods. However, a lot of really important things that all dads–including home-schooling dads–can and should do with and for their children are not subject to this kind of systematic thinking. Here are my “Top 40 Practical Ideas for Fathers” for your consideration:
 
  1. Read your little children a story.
  2. Do flash card drills to hone your children’s memorization of math facts.
  3. Do a science experiment with your children using Jane Hoffman’s Backyard Science materials if other resources are not available.
  4. Give your children their spelling tests.
  5. Read your bigger children the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

Click here to read the rest of the list.

Courageous Fatherhood

from Charles Colson at Christianity.com

These men fight crime, maintain justice and protect the most vulnerable in society. No, they don’t patrol the streets in squad cars or wear uniforms or badges (at least not the majority). But their job isn’t all that different from the job of law enforcement.

I’m talking about fathers and the roles they’re called to fulfill. The comparison is the theme of a new movie from Sherwood Pictures, the makers of Fireproof and Facing the Giants – actually a Baptist church doing a great getting these kinds of films into popular culture.

It’s called Courageous, getting a real buzz in the Christian world deservedly, but what really strikes me about it is the lesson it teaches about something I’ve been working on for 35 years: Those with the most power to prevent crime are dads.

Click here to read the whole article.