5 Practical Steps to Intentional Fatherhood

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5 Practical Steps to Intentional Fatherhood

Being an effective father requires being intentional. Intentionality starts with the basics and is best displayed by living a simple life. In a world that is hectic and hurried and a culture that encourages selfishness and excess, minimalism does not. And in a society that is rushing to gain more, satisfaction with less is counter-cultural.

To live an intentional and effective life as a dad or any other role, we must begin by laying a proper foundation and then add practical steps on top of it.

1st – Lay the Foundation

  • Realize that your life is made up of choices
    • Every morning is a new day
    • Don’t let your past determine your future
    • You have a choice in the matter
    • Don’t be stuck in the same pattern of living
  • Evaluate the culture that you’re swimming in
    • Life is not lived in a vacuum
    • It is lived surrounded by a culture that is moving somewhere
    • Living an intentional life will require you to take a step back and evaluate
  • Examine yourself
    • Know who you are
    • Get a strong handle on your passions, talents, abilities, and weaknesses
    • Give precious time and energy to this endeavor

2nd – Add Practical Steps

  • Decide to live your life
    • Stop comparing yourself to others
    • You were not born to live their life
    • There is no sense wasting your life being jealous of theirs
    • Determine today to be good at it. After all, you only get one shot.
  • Define a purpose
    • Identify what you want your life to communicate and contribute
    • Find a passion to live for that is bigger than yourself
    • Write it down. It will bring new meaning to your life
    • It will wake you from the slow death of only living for yourself.
  • Set goals
    • Goals move us and goals shape us.
  • Stay focused
    • Turn off the distractions
    • Remove nonessential belongings
  • Learn from others
    • Successful people are curious people
    • Identify people accomplishing your purpose and goals
    • Study them and learn from them

The worst thing you could ever waste is your life. Instead, commit yourself to live intentionally and on purpose. Be the dad, on purpose!

Lawrence MarshallBe The Dad Movement Contributor
Lawrence Marshall


Abiding Fathers is a Biblical fatherhood discipleship ministry committed to helping men be the dad…God wants them to be. It’s a movement of God that is “International-Relational-Generational”. Join with us. We need you!


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