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.
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
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,
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)
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:
- Read your little children a story.
- Do flash card drills to hone your children’s memorization of math facts.
- Do a science experiment with your children using Jane Hoffman’s Backyard Science materials if other resources are not available.
- Give your children their spelling tests.
- Read your bigger children the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
Click here to read the rest of the list.
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.