I Never Met My Father!
I had a chat with an 11-year old boy who was bitter, distraught and quite disruptive. When I pressed on, I discovered that he was simply transferring aggression as he was angry with his parents, especially his dad. He was bitter for many reasons; he was abandoned with his grandmother, his dad was never around to cheer him on during his football games, watch his favourite team play or even celebrate his academic prowess. I was moved with huge compassion. It is painful that only few people grasp the far-reaching impact of absentee fathers and fatherlessness in the lives of young people – the future leaders. On the other hand, if you never had a father, that should not spell gloom and doom for you, many successful people today never knew their fathers. Let that be a motivation for you to be successful, not an excuse or a crutch to lean on.
“For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that he himself does: and he will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel.” John 5:20. This scripture emphasises the importance of intimacy with our children, it is a channel for unraveling life’s principles to the next generation. If you want your children to continue in your legacy, pursuing God with their whole heart, you must build intimacy with them. Don’t be an absentee or distant father. Beyond that, be present when you are home, don’t be in the lounge with your mind and attention around the world.
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THINK & ACT: Create activities that will help you bond and transfer the baton to your children. Be deliberate in your approach, leave nothing to chance.
Chidi & Victor Akunna
Connected Hearts Daily Devotional (C) 2016
Fatherhood Series 022
…enjoy blissful romance.