I was excited when I heard that our evangelist Derik Vett was starting a Fathers of Courage class. Most classes offered in church I analyze whether I can really sacrifice the time and effort to be there. I contemplate whether or not the time and effort will really justify the results I might get out of it. This opportunity was different. When I heard about the Fathers of Courage class, I knew that God was calling me to be a better dad. I knew I had to and wanted to be there each Sunday morning before church.
God’s conviction, desire, and will is seen clearly in Deuteronomy 5:29 where he says, “Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!” Do you hear the longing in God’s voice? God wants multigenerational hearts for him and for things to go well for us and our children. I believe that as I become a more effective dad, God’s desire is more and more likely to happen in my life. So there is a direct correlation between my effectiveness as a dad and fulfilling God’s will in my life. Wow! I need all the help I can get.
We started with about ten dads, and now we have about twenty five or so. I see men in class that I know don’t go to church classes often. There is obviously a strong desire in many of our hearts to be the dad we know we can and should be. However, we have one thing in common: we all fall short. We all sin as Dads. We need and want to be better as fathers desiring the support and help of each other. No one looks down on anyone else, because we all fall short. The good news is that we can start where we are and do better.
We are currently going through a book called Teach Them Diligently. It teaches us how to use the scripture to help guide our children to love and obey God. It’s been a great time to be open about areas where we are weak, sinning, or excelling in as we pray for and support one another.
Courageous Fathers is helping me to change to be a better dad. If we put our hearts into this group, it will make an eternal difference in our children’s future with God. Be there! There’s nothing more important!
- Steve Lichtenwalter