Discipline: Fatherhood

Few things give me more joy and more fear than being a father.  As far as I am concerned, if I succeed in every area of life and fail as a father and husband, I have failed in life. But, if I succeed as a father and husband, then my level of success in every other area of life is a by-product.

In his book, Hughes offers great challenges and encouragement for men who are fathers:

  • “Men, the mere fact of fatherhood has endowed you with terrifying power in the lives of your sons and daughters, because they have an innate, God-given passion for you.”
  • Hughes instructs us to guard against criticism, overstrictness, irritability, inconsistency, and favoritism.
  • Hughes instructs us to be careful to practice tenderness, discipline, and instruction.
  • “We must beware of packing our schedules by saying ‘yes’ to things which mean ‘no’ to our families.”

Being a husband and father requires us as men, to set aside our own preferences and live sacrificially. To be successful, we must discipline ourselves to devote our time to our kids. We must set aside our hobbies unless we can incorporate time with our wife and kids in our hobbies. We are far better off enjoying our wives’ hobbies and our kids’ hobbies than trying to make them tolerate ours.

Some other great resources on this subject are:

Driscoll: Pastor Dad

Driscoll: 16 Daddy Christmas Tips

Resurgence: Biblical Parenting

Stanley: Choosing to Cheat

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