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Father’s Day is arriving soon (Sunday, June 17). A day for Daddies, a day for us all, to be grateful, to be thankful, to remember, to forgive, and to become. It is a special day for younger fathers like me, as we consider the fleeting impact of having children in our homes for only a few more years. How many more kisses goodnight will there be? How many more chances to be the only man telling my daughter how beautiful she is? How many more times will we all sit around the table, just the four of us? As I consider those realities, they each become incredibly valuable. Priceless might be the best way to describe them. Those moments and the others like them are irreplaceable. There is a growing awareness of my role in increasing the value, in my family’s eyes, of each moment I am given to lead my family. Over the last four months some friends and I have been doing a Bible study called, The Resolution for Men. In the book the authors lead men to discover elementary, biblical truths of manhood and challenge them to commit to being godly men in their homes, churches and communities. Here is The Resolution:
I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children.
I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home.
I WILL be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be willing to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me.
I WILL bless my children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength.
I WILL train them to honor authority and live responsibly.
I WILL confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy.
I WILL pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion.
I WILL work diligently to provide for the needs of my family.
I WILL forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.
I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God.
I WILL seek to honor God, be faithful to His church, obey His Word, and do His will.
I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory.
Pray for Daddies everywhere to accept powerful challenges to become godly, selfless leaders and to leave behind legacies in their children and their children’s children of faithful devotion to God, to their family, and to the Church.
All for Him,