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A Fathers Model
by Brian Leshley
03/12/10
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John 5:19—KJV—“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”

Fathers, beware of your actions, for our young sons are watching every movement. They will repeat your actions, whether in play acting or in real life. Watch your son playing sometime. Look for mannerism you exhibit on a daily basis. Ask yourself, do I see me? In the story above Jesus was responding to charges that he claimed to be equal with God. But the Son, Jesus in this case, was the Father. And so it is with us as well. Our sons will become us. The only question is: will they be a better or a worse version of us?

Your actions as a father will determine the actions of your sons. And this is the legacy we leave the world, our actions shadowed in our offspring. How many times as a child did we say we will not speak to our own kids ‘that way’ only finding years later, with our own child, repeating the words of our father?

In addition, we carry down the wisdom of our father to our children. Children pick up on our mannerisms, emotions and feelings as well as what we say. Remember, it is not what we do that defines our character, but what we do. I have heard it said that what our actions speak so much louder than words. If we instruct our children not to drink alcohol and we drink a six pack a night, aren’t we being hypocritical? Can we, as father, expect our children to treat their spouse with respect if we do not model this behavior? We can not live by the ‘do as I say, not as I do” philosophy.

Modeling is important to mold a Christ inspired son. We must act as our heavenly Father instructs us to ask, through Biblical teaching, in order to give a proper example to follow for our youthful boys, especially those coming of age. As a father we are the ultimate teacher and hero of our sons and it is up to us to model behavior we wish to see in our offspring.

Our mission is to read the Bible everyday in our home, to pray and to meditate on the Word of God, Jesus. By Biblical upbringing and self discovery we can find the true Christ within us. Jesus is the model to follow and it begins with us fathers today.

Jesus says the words, “Follow me” throughout his gospels for a reason. He did not say follow my words or follow my teaching. This is significant because He presented a perfect model to follow. Although He spoke and taught true to His divine character, the character of God, He wanted to leave a true example of how to act. Let’s all follow the model he left for us. Search you heart for the signature of Jesus on your heart and become a Christ-like model for your sons.

Bio: Brian has written his poetry book, Poetry for Browsing, a collection of poems. The book may be purchased at www.publishamerica.net.

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