Dare 2B Daring – August 03, 2018
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“A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.” – Chuck Swindoll
When it comes to home repairs, I am one of the least handy guys around. I can perform simple tasks such as pushing a lawn mower or shoveling a sidewalk. But fixing something that is broken is usually way above my pay grade.
Fortunately, Deanna’s dad is a retired carpenter and contractor, so he lends a hand whenever he visits. And since the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree, Deanna knows her way around a toolbox, too.
But even though I struggle to operate a screw gun or a chain saw, I am fairly adept at swinging a hammer. No, not a claw hammer or a ball-peen one. More like the “hammer” that Chuck Swindoll is referring to in today’s quote.
Simply put, I have tried to take my role as a father very seriously. Starting from birth, our kids were raised in a God-fearing, church-going household that was filled with unconditional love. That doesn’t mean that discipline wasn’t applied when necessary, but there were always a lot more laughs than tears.
Did Deanna and I make some mistakes along the way? You’d better believe it! But overall, I think we did a pretty good job as parents.
To me, the proof is in the pudding. All three of our children know the Lord and attend church regularly. They have even accompanied their dad on multiple prison ministry trips. To say that I am proud of Bethany, Matthew and Christopher would be the understatement of the year.
If you are a parent or grandparent, it is not too late to start some “anvil honing” of your own. Just try your best to live your faith out loud for your kids and grandkids to see. Trust me; you won’t always do it right, but consistency is more important that perfection.
Most of all, pray for them. Daily, diligently and desperately. It works!
“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President