Fatherly Aspirations

In 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12, the Apostle Paul makes a remarkable statement about his and his co-workers’ ministry in Thessalonica. He employs dual metaphors, referring to both a mother and a father. This seems to suggest that theirs was a ministry of comprehensive care for these believers.

Additionally, I believe that his inspired description of his fatherly role suggests a couple of qualities towards which all fathers should aspire. He writes:

10You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.”

Here, then, we find two qualities towards which every father should aspire:

(1) Be Men of Integrity and Purpose— cf. v. 10, “You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.”

(2) Be Proactive Spiritual Leaders— cf. vs. 11-12, “…as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God…”

If you would like to suggest other qualities towards which fathers should aspire, by my guest.

Happy Father’s Day to all!

-bill

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6 Responses to Fatherly Aspirations

  1. Trey Morgan says:

    Bill,

    Thanks for the Father’s Day thoughts. My desire is to be a father of integrity, purpose and proactive in spiritual leadership.

    Blessings,

    Trey

    May God help us both, Trey. May God help us all! -bill

  2. Rachel says:

    Happy Father’s Day to you, Bill!

    It is also important for fathers to be men of Forgiveness. Some men perceive forgiveness as a sign of weakness, but on the contrary, it is a sign of strength and a sign of obedience to what Jesus commanded.

    Grace and peace,

    Rachel

    Amen, sister! What a great point!! You’ll probably hear that again!!! -bill

  3. Bob says:

    Bill, here’s a couple of quotes from Wall Street Journal (full article http://www.opinionjournal.com/taste/?id=110010215)

    But I can’t shake the sense that boys are supposed to become manly. Rather than neutering their aggression, confidence and desire for danger, we should channel these instincts into honor, gentlemanliness and courage. Instead of inculcating timidity in our sons, it seems wiser to train them to face down bullies, which by necessity means teaching them how to throw a good uppercut. In his book “Manliness,” Harvey Mansfield writes that a person manifesting this quality “not only knows what justice requires, but he acts on his knowledge, making and executing the decision that the rest of us trembled even to define.” You can’t build a civilization and defend it against barbarians, fascists and playground bullies, in other words, with a nation of Phil Donahues.

    The trick is not to squash the essence of boys, but to channel their natural wildness into manliness. And this is what keeps me awake at night, because it’s going to take a miracle for someone like me, who grew up without meaningful male influence, who would be an embarrassment to Teddy Roosevelt, to raise three men. Along with learning what makes a good father, I face an added dilemma: How do I raise my sons to be better than their father?

    Hope you enjoy the quotes.

  4. cwinwc says:

    How about the “i” word – Be involved in all facets of your children’s lives. I had a great father who was there for all of my activities. I’m trying to hold on to that aspect of life as my son enters 12th grade.

    Moreover, it is vitally important for fathers to be involved with their children on a spiritual level. If they see that our walk with Jesus is important to us at some point in their life they will most likely do the same.

  5. Kathy says:

    In our class this morning, one of our leaders asked that we give a thumbnail sketch to the traits our dads, our granddads or other father figures have led us in our walk with the LORD. He asked for our memories of them and what have been ongoing influences in our lives.

    There were interesting stories, including:
    you just knew my dad was a good man, one of integrity. He rarely spoke of his faith, he just seemed to know how to live it.

    My dad resisted God up to practically his moment of death. The day before he died, my uncle called me to see if I’d spoken with him that day, when I said no and would not be able to see him until the following day, my uncle told me Dad had accepted Jesus the night before. What security and joy that gave me.

    Dad rarely talked to us about having Faith, it was always just there. I never questioned God’s existence, His almighty power, that He was to be obeyed, that faith and belief was always just there, never questioned, it was just there.

    A fascinating exercise!

    Happy Fathers Day you Dads!!!

    I still miss mine!

  6. Excellent post, Bill!

    Scripture has two more suggestions for fathers and their sons:

    “Honor thy father (and mother), that it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth. And fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but nurture them in the chastening and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:1-4)

    If you’re a Dad, set the Godly example of a Father in every aspect of your life. Honor your earthly father and your heavenly Father will bless you.

    Lord bless,
    Jim Richardson

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