It sounds like something very minor when speaking of "being there", but I strongly disagree. If we look at the results of "not being there", it is very easy to see how important being there really is.
An indicator of dysfunction in families today is absent male figures; specifically the dad. When dad is not there as head of the family, leading as he follow Christ, the mom must assume that role. Don't get me wrong, there are mothers who have stood strong, following Christ, making sure their children have everything they need to succeed. But fathers driven by love, even if he and mom agree that they cannot make it together will not forsake his children. Parents must understand the most important thing they can do is be there for their children!
Many of the ills of today's society is because dad is not there to give direction in the family, to let the child know that he too did dumb things when young, and that the child does not have to repeat those same dumb things. Christian dads must explain to their children the importance of salvation, and consequently, what it means to live a life without Christ. Christian dads understand their role of Protector, Provider and Priest of the family. They offer balance in the life of their children; giving them hope to become a vital, successful member of society and yes, teach them how to profess their Christian faith. Being there may sound simple but it is so profound. I recommend being there is hope for our future, especially the future of our children. Therefore, brothers... dads, be there for your family, be there for your Church and be there for your community.
If you are there for your family, may God's grace continure to abound in your life. However, if you have not been there, today is a good day to start. Forget what is behind and start afresh today. God is willing to aide you and Jesus will carry you through. BE COMMITTED TO BEING THERE FOR YOUR FAMILY, CHURCH AND COMMUNITY!
Brother Johnny Walker, Director of Image Bearers - Mens Ministry
This Month's Scripture Reading
Philippians 3:13-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Brethern, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things whic are benind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.
14 I press toward to goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.
16 Neverless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the rule, let us be of the same mind.
17 Brethern, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.