My Father Never Told Me Who I Am!
Yesterday, we started a series on Fatherhood. Today, we would be taking it a step further by discussing about the role of the Father as an identity-giver. According to Dictionary.com the word, ‘identity’, means “the condition of being oneself or itself, and not another”. When your child understands his/her identity, it will serve as an anchor, preventing him/her from drifting through life or being swayed by any negative influence from the environment. Hence, besides the physical characteristics your child derives from you, as a Father, you are expected to give him/her direction – a sense of identity – earlier on in his/her life before other voices (TV, PlayStations, Radio, Teachers, neighbours, etc.) begin to step in.
“And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof” Genesis 2:1. This goes on to buttress our point in the first paragraph. If you call your child lazy, fool, dumb, stubborn, etc., particularly with strong emotions, what you are doing is placing a lid over his/her potentials. Clearly, you cursed a product from your loins, putting that product in a comparative disadvantage for future opportunities.
Have you been careless with your words and behaviour? Are you living a life of double standard, thinking your children won’t find out? If you saw through your parents’ inconsistencies, what makes you think that your children won’t see through yours?
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THINK & ACT: Make up your mind to sacrifice whatever will stand in the way of being the best Father you can possibly be. If you have been careless with your speech, begin to undo them NOW. Engage your child in a discussion, don’t be a distant father.
Chidi & Victor Akunna
Connected Hearts Daily Devotional (C) 2016
Fatherhood Series 020
…enjoy blissful romance.