• Jon Forrest


e Upward Look, by Jon Forrest

Being a Great Dad

Harry H. Harrison Jr. compiled a little book a few years ago for Dads titled “You know you’re a Dad when.” Here are a few of the many things he says Dad’s do that remind them that they are Dads. You know you’re a dad when:

· You learn that arguing with a pregnant woman is suicidal.

· Suddenly you become the answer man. And if you don’t know the answer, you make it up.

· You realize there’s a definite line between trusting your kids and being an idiot.

· A game of catch is waiting for you at home.

· You have to answer the question, “Where’s Mommy?” all day long.

· You dread two words “Spring Break.”

There are few places to find rules and guidelines for how to be a good father. In his book about dad’s, Bill Cosby said that being a father is the one thing you can do over and over again and realize that you have learned absolutely nothing. The reason is that each child is different and represents new challenges that you didn’t see in the others. And some things you do will work great with one child that will absolutely backfire with the next.

However there are ways to get help. The Bible has great advice and wisdom for dads and moms throughout. Spend time in the book of Proverbs, but you must remember that Proverbs is filled with wisdom, not absolute promises. You can gain tremendous ideas observing successful Christian fathers and asking them for guidance.

One of the best things you can do to sharpen your skills as a Dad is to spend time with your kids. Talk with them about life and what their hopes and dreams may be. Ask them what they need from you and what they think about your parenting.

The best Dads are the ones who demonstrate a Christian walk to their children. They show their children how life is conducted and how to implement Christian principles in practical situations. It’s not a bad idea to sit down with them and talk to them about how it works. Boys learn how to treat women and girls learn how they should expect to be treated by observing the way their father interacts with their mother. But be careful, they can also learn the wrong ways if Dad is disrespectful or abusive to Mom.

Boys can learn skills in their lives from watching Dad and conversations with them. They learn about handling finances, repairing cars, appliances, and structure damage. Actually girls can learn the same things.

I’m thankful for my Dad’s example and discipline throughout the years. I learned things from him about parenting and life that I didn’t even know I was learning until I needed them.

Fathers' Day will be here this Sunday. We will honor our Dads in many ways. You must remember through that even the 10 Commandments tell us part of serving God is to honor our parents. So, honoring Dad should be an everyday activity. God bless our Dads.

The Sunday we will lift up Dads in our worship service and share a message titled Against the Grain- Living Christ’s Calling based on Colossians 2:6-8. We will also have a very special gift to give all dads and men present in the service. I hope you will join us.

Being the best I can be,


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