When I was growing up, I had the wonderful privilege of having a Dad who demonstrated what Jesus was like with skin on. He was loving, kind, spoke and prayed Jesus over me. But most importantly, his actions always spoke louder than his words.
So, here are the things that I learned from my Dad about life, family and Jesus and what I’ve tried to teach to my children. Dad knew mastering life with family, even if he never used those words.
1. God’s Word is the most important word I can share with people. His Word is true and He always keeps His promises. I still remember going to bed at night and seeing my Dad reading God’s Word. Do our children see us reading, memorizing, praying God’s Word?
2. My purpose in life is to bring God glory. It is not about me. I remember when one of my children was younger and things would happen, I would tell her it’s character building. Her response one day, "I’ve had enough character built." What I had failed to remind her, it’s not about her. It’s about Him.
3. It’s about spending time with family. Dad worked hard at his job and at home. But, he always knew when it was time to be with family. My biggest struggle is when to stop being at work and concentrate on being at home.
4. Dad demonstrated what he said. I can speak the words "I love you" but my actions need to demonstrate it. Colossians 3:23: whatever you do in word or deed, do it as unto the Lord, not men.
5. Dad knew how to bless people. Giving the blessing to our children is one of the most important things we can do. Numbers 6:24-26 "May the Lord bless you and keep you; may He cause His face to shine upon you and give you grace. May He lift His countenance toward you and give you peace." Everyone needs to receive a blessing. In the busyness of the day, of life, our children, our family, our friends need to hear us give a blessing to them.
Mastering Life is not easy. I know that there are still things that I need to do or do differently, but it is my prayer that when my children look back, the thing that say about me is that "she loved well, served others, but after the Lord, family came first."