This is part 6 of the ‘Offender Series’.
Welcome to the Be The Dad Podcast. We’re going to listen and learn from incarcerated men, many who have felt the effects of having an absentee father. These men have been taught about the importance of the role of a father, through reading the book , which is an acronym meaning from fathers absent in the home to fathers abiding in the home.
Listen to Robert’s message and what he’s learned from the Abiding Fathers curriculum.
A lot of us have done things that are not parent material. Everyone makes mistakes and some are greater than others. But, it’s what you do with the mistakes that defines us. How desperately this world needs courageous Christian men who are willing to walk with God and honor Him with their prayers and their service.
This next generation faces problems that defy easy solutions. Yet face them, we must. We need leaders whose visions are clear and intentions are pure. Daniel 12:3 says, ‘Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of heaven and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.’
Hopefully, you are determined to become such a man, a man who shares his wisdom, his courage with family and friends. We must understand what God has called us to do. We are the spiritual leader of the household, just as Jesus is the leader of the church.
But a lot of us had some poor examples for us to follow. Old negative patterns have to be broken and new skill sets learned to replace them. Your future and your family depend on you.
We must plan ahead. Remember, it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
Remember the goals we wanted to achieve at the beginning of this class. One of the things that stood out most for me was that the hand is supposed to be used to bless, not punish. Also, that it is the man’s job to bless.
I know every day is not going to be easy. Whether we realize it or not, times of adversity can be times of intense personal and spiritual growth. Our difficult days are also times when we can learn life’s most important lessons. Each day provides opportunities to put God at the center of our lives. When we do so, we worship Him in word and deed and we become suitable servants of the God; courageous men who share his Son’s message of love and salvation with the world.
Live for them
A lot of people say that they will die for their family. But I ask, ‘will you live for them’? Will you exemplify a life that inspired them to be great and to follow Christ? May you be such a man and may you share your courage and wisdom with the world that needs both.
My prayer is, ‘Lord let me live in the present and not the past. Let me focus on my blessing, not my sorrow’.
And I will leave you with the word of the great Napoleon Hill. ‘Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.’ Thank you.
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