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Faith & Insight: Parental wisdom to live by

Louis Locke

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

Encourage often

Influence unto Christlikeness by example

Be supportive

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.

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