If you're a Dad, can I say something to you ... man-to-man, like? Your kids are watching you, no matter what the age. If your kiddos are adults now, they have watched you like a hawk in the past and will continue to do so in the present and into your future. For good or bad, however the relationship is now or no matter how things have turned out based on the past ... it's ok. Your Creator loves you just the way you are, as you are - no more, no less ... but, He desires so much more for you. If your example was for ill (I know ... I unfortunately lived and demonstrated many not-so-good things), look at today as a new start with your kids. They need you, they love you and they look up to you.
Parenting With Love, Tribute to a Dad - Part 2
Here's a radio broadcast that I sincerely hope you will take time to listen to. It's the second of a two-part broadcast from pastor, teacher and well-known leadership author John Maxwell as he gives tribute to his Dad by recounting five key lessons he's learned from watching his life. Here's the five:
- He taught me the importance of association ... who I ran around with was important.
- He gave me an example to follow ... it's not what you "preach," but how you live that makes the most impact.
- He taught me the importance of attitude ... it's a choice. You might not be the smartest person, or the one at the top of your class, but you can have an attitude that's an "A" every day.
- He taught me to believe God for big things ... have faith in His ability to do exceedingly beyond what I could ever ask or think.
- He taught me how to pray ... pray without ceasing; a spirit and attitude of prayer in everything.
"If there's righteousness in the heart, there'll be beauty in the character. If there's beauty in the character, there'll be harmony in the home. If there's harmony in the home, there'll be order in the nation. And if there's order in the nation, there'll be peace in the world. When Mother Theresa received her Noble Peace Prize, they asked her, 'what can we do to bring peace in the world?' She responded: 'Go home and love your family.' "
- John Maxwell
Lastly, here's a song for you from one of my favorite groups ... go out and live a legacy for your family so that when it's finally time to say goodbye, you can say "I've got nothing to prove, nothing to lose, nothing to hide." Blessings on ya'!