I’m a dad. It’s one of my biggest God-given responsibilities. I remember when my wife was pregnant with our first child, I began to seek out advice from other dads with experience. One day, one of them asked me how I was doing and how things were going. I gushed a little over the fact the nursery was ready, they day was getting closer, and I felt moments of sheer excitement and anticipation which would be followed with an overwhelming dose of fear from the weight of knowing that I didn’t know how to be a dad because I had never done this before. Of all the things in my life, I didn’t want to mess this up. As only a friend can, he spoke with grace, and told me I would mess it up, and that would be okay because my kids would learn from my mistakes too. His words freed me to be a dad.
One of my roles as a father is to give direction and advice. My children have learned that my advice is sometimes good, and other times, well, let’s just say they go their own way for good reasons.
In his dying days, King David passes on some solid advice to his son, Solomon, who will soon be king. It’s advice I hope to hand on to my children. Actually, I see handing it on as part of my fatherly responsibilities. We may never be kings or queens, but this message is for all of us.
“Be strong and courageous,” David said to his son Solomon. “Get to work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, because the Lord God, my God, is with you. He’ll neither let you down nor leave you before all the work for the service of the Lord’s temple is done. (1 Chronicles 28:20 CEB)
Be strong today. Be courageous today. God is with you. Whatever big tasks lie ahead, God loves you. Work for the Lord. Work with the Lord. Work hard.
Let’s do this.
Prayer: Lord, you call us to big tasks. Give us the courage to do them, and to trust that you are with us. Amen.
In the comments, leave the best and/or worst advice your parents ever gave you, or the best and worst advice you have given your children if you have them.