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How To Be A Good Father

Updated on February 11, 2011

My Son

How To Be A Good Father Is A Tremendous Calling

How To Be A Good Father, is a question that many of us as men have. Being a father, is not for the faint, and it is not something that we as men should take lightly. How wonderful it is to be a father!

When my son came into this world i cried! To see his little body, his little feet and hands. To hold him in my arms, was one of the greatest joy's i have ever had! I did not want to let him go! What a tremendous calling God placed upon me when He gave him to me! But with joy and thanksgiving i gladly excepted his gift of love and trust that He bestowed upon me. Not really knowing what to do or how to be a good father! But only knowing who not to be and that i was going to give my son all the love i could give him, and be there for him to train him up in the ways of the Lord Jesus!

You see, never before in the history of the world have we been as much in need of good fathers. When God created the male and gave him his dominion assignments, He included the responsibility of cultivating and protecting his offspring. Yet today, there is a widespread lack of understanding about the nature of fatherhood. Men of all nations and races lack the skills of good parenting.

Certain men think that their ability to produce a child makes them a man. Any male can have a baby. Merely having a child is no guarantee that you are a real man or a real father. These men don't know the meaning of being a covering, protection, and role model for their children.

My Son T.J.'s 3rd day in The World

T.J. Sleeping
T.J. Sleeping

Me and my son

A Good father

Many men were never taught what it means to be a good father, and their own fathers did not provide good examples for them. The problems we encounter with our parents in the early years of our lives can be transferred into our own families after we marry, if they have not been resolved. When us as fathers are a negative influence on our sons, our boys grow up with the wrong concept of marriage and fatherhood. broken relationship and families are the results.

In a large number of homes today, fathers are absent, due to separation, divorce, and the rising number of out-of-wedlock births. Other fathers live in the home but are absent from the family for all intents and purposes. They have forsaken their responsibility as fathers because of career pursuits, indifference, and selfishness, as they put their own pleasures ahead of their children's welfare. This means that many children don't have the benefit of a good father.

Us men have a tremendous calling ahead of us. Our task involves chaining not only our own perspectives of fatherhood, but also those of our children, especially our sons. We have to communicate to them the standards of God, so that the trend I've just described can be reversed. But we have to start with ourselves. We must discover and put into practice what the Word of God says about fathers and to fathers. then we can teach these principles to other men and boys. God's truth about fathers will be the salvation of our communities and nations.

God has always been very specific in His Word about the responsibilities of a father. This role is of particular importance to Him, because fathers are meant to represent Him to their children. The fatherhood of God is indicative of His nature; it is the way He desires to relate to us. When fathers fail to show His love and character to their sons and daughters, the children's concept of God suffers, affecting their relationship with Him. Now, no earthly father can ever be perfect. Yet God has provided a wealth of instruction on parenting in His Word. When us men look to Him, we can fulfill our responsibilities and be meaningful reflections of fatherhood of God to our children.

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    • BkCreative profile image

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      If I did not have my wonderful father - my hero - in my life, I know I would be a mess right now! He has made all the difference.

      Thanks for your 'call' - lovely!

    • twill4jc profile imageAUTHOR

      twill4jc 

      9 years ago

      Thank you for the comment, and yes it is. It's hard work but to me it's all worth it!

    • thecatholicexpert profile image

      thecatholicexpert 

      9 years ago

      Great hub, being a good father could possibly be one of the most important things a man does in his life.

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