“Do as I say, not as I do!” It’s a tempting phrase to use when raising teenagers. Stay tuned for a constructive alternative, on today’s Home School Heartbeat with Mike Farris and Scott Somerville.
One of the challenges of the teen years is that our kids suddenly realize that their parents aren’t perfect. How do we as fathers instill character qualities in our kids when we’re struggling with these same qualities ourselves? Scott, what do you think?
Mike, it’s a surprising opportunity. Few things will touch a child’s heart like a father’s repentance. I know this from my own dad’s example. My dad was just the most important person in the world to me. But God really had to deal with him. And when God dealt with him, my father repented. He confessed. He changed. And for me, as a teenager—I was 13 or 14 when this happened—it was like looking at a huge hand reaching out into the sky and grabbing the sun and dragging it through space, because dad was just that important to me. And anything bigger than dad was really big. I trace my own devotion to God and fear of God to that moment of seeing my dad confess and repent.
So, if we as fathers sin, and confess our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive all our sins. The problem is, that’s really humbling. But God gives grace to the humble.
We will continue our conversation with Scott Somerville next time. I’m Mike Farris.
If you’ve appreciated Scott Somerville’s encouragement for fathers this week, we invite you to join us for his presentation, What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew, on HSLDA’s @home e-vents!
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