Hey Dads, Make Your Children Better Not Bitter

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Colossians 3:21

Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

O-bservation:

In this passage, the Apostle Paul, a man with no family of his own that we are aware of, describes what a Christian household should look like. He talked first about husbands and wives and then turned his attention to fathering. He instructed fathers not to embitter their children. He warned that if they do, the children will become discouraged.

A-pplication:

We live in a world of discouraged children. Certainly this isn’t all-inclusive, but one can observe through culture and art and music and lyrics a discouraged generation of young adults. Will they overcome? I believe so, yet it didn’t and doesn’t have to be this way. The hope, as stated in this verse is not more money, or more excitement, or more education, it’s really more loving, caring, and encouraging fathering. If this verse is saying anything I believe it’s saying, “Hey Dads Make Your Children Better Not Bitter.” How is that accomplished? Most likely we need Dads who are there at critical times in their children’s lives. We need Dads who will do more listening than talking. And I believe we need more Dads who will take a stand when their children need real heavenly direction. These simple steps don’t change a world, but for some today they could perhaps change a life.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus,

Thank You this AM for the wonderful sons you blessed Robyn and me with. As their Dad, I ask that You would help me make them Better and not Bitter. Amen

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