04
Aug
08

Practical Advice on Fatherhood

Homebuilders,

Greetings for a new week. I hope you were blessed by the worship we enjoyed together yesterday and remembering the Lord’s death for us last night.

I read a blurb on the Children Desiring God website called Strategy for Fatherhood. It was a summary of a session done at a Children Desiring God conference. I wouldn’t necessarily agree with all the emphasis of Greg Harris’ ministry, but his advice on fatherhood in general is really helpful, particularly his practical suggestions of how to apply Psalm 127: 3-5.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children [1] of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
(Psalm 127:3-5)

How Should Children Be Treated Like Arrows in the Hands of a Warrior?

Harris’s suggestions:

  • Sharpen them intellectually. Have dinner together as a family. Invite guests into your home that will enlarge your children’s minds. Read.
  • Straighten them out morally. Discipline them—if you can’t, call the police. Seriously. Make sure they know that you care enough to keep them in line.
  • Pay attention to the feathers on the arrow, their moral guidance system.
  • Aim them at what matters. Don’t waste ammo on trivial targets.
  • Hold them back till their ready to be released. (This may create tension.) Don’t over-protect, strategically protect.
  • When they’re ready, let them go with only your prayer and friendship left as an influence.
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