Faith & Insight: Parental wisdom to live by
September 29, 2017
This last June on Father's Day, I brought a message to the congregation I pastor entitled "Father's Day Thoughts." After talking about Bible verses that give us wisdom to help us be good fathers, I asked the congregation for thoughts on fathering grown children. This is when it really got good.
Following are some of their comments:
Tell them you love them, often
Continue to pray for them
Provide guidance and advice, when asked
Always speak the truth
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Make opportunity to spend time together
Respect who they are and who they have become
Patience, patience, patience
Live the truth
Be a person of grace, and more grace
Be a "soft place to land"
Listen when talking, turn off TV/phone/etc.
Don't forget to say you are sorry
Continue to walk with and grow in the Lord/Be a living example
Influence unto Christlikeness by example
Be available to help when needed
Love, acceptance and forgiveness
Good advice … life-experience advice. Thank you, congregation, for living it and loving your kids, at all ages.
I pray their thoughts are helpful and encouraging to you.
Louis J. Locke is pastor of Fountainhead Foursquare Church, http://www.ffccarson.org.