WHAT WILL BE YOUR SCORE SHEET?
“[Jotham] did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Uzziah had done” (2 Kings 15:34 NIV).
Recently, the theme of the morning devotional thought in my family was about following good examples of fathers as it was demonstrated by Uzziah and Jotham. Both of them were kings in Judah. The former was the father of the latter. In the early years of Uzziah as king, he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and, undoubtedly, he instructed his children in the ways of the Lord and laid good examples for them until later in his years when he was successful and became proud towards God. However, his son followed his good example.
As I led the devotional thought that morning, I laid emphasis on the fact that fathers should not only instruct their children to do good things, that they (the fathers) should be ready to show the example of doing good things to their children. Since the message that day was directly for me, the father of the house, I was challenged to allow my children to frankly tell me the good and bad examples they see in me. It was like giving them score sheets to evaluate me. Each of the children told me what they consider as good and bad in my behaviours. I decided not to defend myself that day for the good and seemingly bad behaviours they pointed out.
As a father or a leader, can you allow your children or subordinates to openly evaluate you? What will be your score sheet if your children or subordinates have such opportunity? Fathers have great responsibilities in showing their children good examples. That is the best legacy they can give their children. Will your children score you high on this? What will be your score sheet?
Happy Father’s Day!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray for fathers that we will lay good examples for our children to follow.
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A very interesting article Bayo, and I applaud your bravery in letting your children do a score sheet on you. I wish all pastors would follow your paradigm and do the same for the entire congregation and be bold enough to publish the results. We in the leadership need to do as God instructs us, "...but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." (1 Timothy 4:12) Keep up the good work my brother and may God continue to bless and keep you.