The highest achievement of being a male parent is to be a good father. As fathers we should be out in front leading the way, setting the pace. The pace car in an auto race is only out in front at the start of the race. It is only for a short time at the beginning of our children’s lives that we have the opportunity to train them up in the way they should go. One day, they will be on their own and running their own race. Fathers: Follow the Lord’s instructions instead of your own ideas Gen. 6:22. We are instructed to:
1. PRESIDE – Gen. 18:19; 1 Tim 3:4, 5
a. command – charge; set up; set the pace.
b. lead your family spiritually instead of letting them drift.
2. PROVIDE – 1 Tim. 5:8
3. PREPARE – Deut. 6:1-8; 11:18-21; Eph. 6:4
a. provoke not – avoid what stirs up, embitters, exasperates
b. nurture – training; correction
c. admonition – instruction
4. PROTECT – Gen. 35:1-5; Ex. 12:3-14.
HAPPY FATHERS DAY