A Dad Needs ..

Jurgens Nel, from Mark Driscoll:

A dad needs …

… a plan for the holidays to ensure his family is loved and memories are made. Dad, what’s your plan?

… to ensure his family is giving generously during the holidays. Dad, who in need is your family going to adopt, bless, and serve?

… to carve out time for sacred events and experiences to build family traditions that are fun and point to Jesus. Dad, is you calendar ready for December?

… to not let the stress of the holidays, including money, cause him to be grumpy with Mom or the kids. Dad, how’s your joy?

… to make memories and not just give gifts. Dad, what special memories can you make this holiday season?

… to manage the extended family and friends during the holidays. Dad, who or what do you need to say “no” to?

… to schedule a big Christmas date with his daughter(s). Dad, what’s your big plan for the fancy Daddy-daughter date?

… to schedule guy time with his son(s). Dad, what are you and your son(s) going to do that is active, outdoors, and fun?

… to help get the house decorated. Dad, are you really a big help to Mom with getting things ready?

… to ensure there are some holiday smells and sounds. Dad, is Christmas music on the iPod, is the tree up, can you smell cookies and cider?

… to snuggle up and watch fun shows with the kids. Dad, is the DVR set to record old classics and holiday shows?

… to connect with Mom during the holidays. Dad, do you have some fun date nights or getaways planned for you and your wife?

… to help Mom get the kids’ rooms decorated. Dad, do they get lights or a small tree in their room?

… to read about Jesus with and pray over his kids. Dad, how’s your pastoral work going with each of your kids?

… to repent of being lazy, selfish, grumpy, or just dumping the holidays on Mom. Dad, are you a servant like Jesus to your family?

… to help his kids learn to be generous and give. Dad, whom do your kids want to buy presents for outside of your family?

… to check the local guides for what’s going on to make fun holiday plans for the family.

… to not let technology eat away family time during Christmas break. Dad, will you make sure the electronics are turned off so your family can interact, play games, talk, etc.?

… to take the lead in family devotions centered on the birth of Jesus. Dad, have you picked out parts of the Bible to read together over dinner during the holidays?

… to take the family on a drive to see Christmas lights while listening to music and sipping cider. Dad, is it mapped out?

… to study the incarnation of Jesus Christ to help prepare him and his family for the holidays. Dad, do you have some reading lined up?

… a break during the holidays. Dad, it’s not a sin to watch some football, nap, or relax a bit so long as you’ve taken care of your other priorities first.

 

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