IT‘S FATHER’S DAY: 11 Qualities of a Strong Father
West Angeles Church of God In Christ is committed to developing and nurturing strong, resilient families, and this weekend, we focus on fathers. Below, the West Angeles Counseling Center, under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. and Dr. Paula Litt, has compiled a list of 11 qualities that can help a man to develop into a strong, noble father.
“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” – Colossians 1:9-10
According to the dictionary, a father is defined as:
‘One who has begotten a child; a male parent. A male who has impregnated a female, thus a child is born.’
Of course, there are other significant definitions of fatherhood, but first, a father is a provider: spiritually, emotionally and physically. He is, in essence, a watchman over his children. He sets the spiritual tone in the family, and whether that tone is good or bad, he is the one who determines what will occur in the home.
Even those who have had a negative experience with their own fathers should not allow that negativity to take place in their own homes.
11 QUALITIES OF A STRONG FATHER
Here’s a list of 11 things which help to define a strong father:
- Be a role model. A father should not only make available provisions to supply the needs of his children – food, clothes, and a roof over their heads – but he should also give a stable and loving atmosphere for his children to enjoy. Warmth and peace dominate in the home. A father gives constant encouragement and instills a successful will inside of the son. A father becomes a role model for his children. For a child, no other person should be able to compare to their dad. Be positive and optimistic. You can do this.
- Find employment. A man who is a father should be gainfully employed. There are times when you will meet with misfortune and a job is not available for a time. However, you must pick up the pieces to find or create employment wherever you can to support a living for your family.
- Show love. In the household, a father should show love for his wife, and the children should see love expressed between their parents. The children should not be exposed to arguing and fighting, whether verbal or physical. A real man will not abuse his wife – period! The home must be a safe haven and a sanctuary for the family.
- Be strong. A father should show quality strength and courage even in the midst of trouble and his family will see that and line up with that. A father should show good character and help and equip his children to live a successful life. A father must teach his children good morals and ethics so they can be fine upstanding citizens in society. A father should instruct his children to obey the law and show them if one goes against the laws of the land that will transpire if they disobey authority.
- Value education. A father should make sure that his children are well-schooled. He must also be a part of the school system, taking special attention to what his child does in class. Enjoy your children through games, sports and activities. Spend quality time with your children at home. Take them on outings and stay within your budget. Everything does not have to be big and excessive. Small things count.
- Love the Lord. Take your family to church and instruct them on the ways of God. You, father, show them the scriptures. Take time to pray with your children. Show them that a real man depends on God for direction and then lives it at home. You, father, take time at breakfast and at dinner to talk about the day. Find out what happened at school and discuss with them where they are as they share with you. You might feel, “I don’t have time” or “There’s not enough time in the day,” but if you don’t find time to give spiritual guidance to your family, someone else will. You can do this. Bishop with his 3 children: Lawrence, Charles, and Kim.
- Set boundaries. Teach them to be obedient at home, to you and to their mom. Teach them to respect their siblings. Teach your boys to respect women in your family. Teach your daughters to respect the men in your family. This will help them to have mutual respect for all people. Let them know as they get older that there will be a curfew. Give them rules and create guidelines for the home. Let them know that there will be chores to do. You can do this.
- Discipline your children. Discuss with your wife how this can be done. If you do not live with your family, then find a way to make a special bond with your child. Pay your child support, and honor and respect the mother of the child that you helped to produce. Take an active role in your child’s life.
- Teach them about life. Provide whatever life lessons you can for your children. Do not let them grow up without knowing what you stand for as their father. Teach your daughter what kind of man she should be attracted too. She will look for a man like you who is of good moral quality and who has an attitude of righteousness. She will look for a man of substance and of prayer, a man who is gainfully employed (he may or may not have a degree, but he should be a hard-working man). Help your son take the steps from childhood to adulthood. Show him how to be a real man as he grows. Show him the pitfalls of making bad decisions in life and how to choose good friends. Train him right. Let him know the mistakes you made and direct his path as God leads you. You can do this.
- Teach financial literacy. Show your children how to save money. Save money for them to attend college and let them know that they can be a success in life (but of course it is better to show them with your own life). You can do this because God will help you if you ask Him. Make sure that you have life insurance for your family in case of an emergency. Make sure that you have car insurance and medical coverage for the family. There is no excuse for excuses.
- Redeem the time you have with your family if you made a mistake. Humble yourself and find out if it is possible to correct your error. Even if it is your fault, it can be rectified. Fathers never give up and never give in. You can do this!
God has blessed and enabled you to plant a seed. Make sure that you water that seed and nurture that seed so that seed will someday blossom into a beautiful flower and strong deeply rooted plant and these will be your children. Be proud of them, and thank God that He allowed you to be their father.
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