Welcome to the Father Store! How can we help you today?
Well, my wife just had a baby boy. I want to be a good father, so Iím here.
Excellent strategy, sir - and may I say, congratulations.
Thank you. You know, I canít help but notice you donít have many products on your shelves.
Thatís right, sir. Thatís because you only need one thing.
How can that be? To be a good father, Iíll need lots of things. Heís so small and I feel so helpless. How will I know what to do when heís sick? How will I know how to give him advice?
I understand, sir. May I recommend our Deluxe Package?
Well, what does it include?
It includes a detailed blueprint with instructions for changing diapers. There is a booklet of coupons for baby products, and we also carry a special remote control for your TV.
Hey, I like remote controls!
Most dads do. This one automatically programs and controls a TV in your sonís room to play child-friendly videos, while still youíre still able to enjoy your sports or adventure programs in the living room.
That does sounds wonderful.
Thatís not all. The kit also contains earplugs Ė so you can sleep when itís not your turn to get up at night. It has a full-length plastic parka for when you feed him. It has a movie camera so you can take movies of all his cutest moments.
Wow, that will be great. Why do you have different color packages?
The green ones are for fathers of babies and the brown ones are for fathers of teens.
Whatís in those?
Those have a teen-to-adult dictionary, a pictorial guide to what the latest illegal drugs look like, and tranquilizers for when you have to teach your child to drive.
Iíll just take the green one for now. After all, what more could I want?
Believe me, sir, you want more.
Yes, sir. You do. Our packages have many things Ė but the most important thing is the Complete Instruction Book.
Wow, who wrote that? Cosby?
No, sir. The book has many writers. I wrote the chapter on fatherly wisdom, although I must admit my words were inspired.
Look, buddy, I donít even know who you are. How do you rate as an expert in fatherhood?
My name is Solomon King and I did have quite a few kids of my own. And, I must say, my chapter is a proverbial best seller.
OK, Ö I know fathers need lots of wisdom. What does your book say about that?
It says, ďThe fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.Ē
The fear of the Lord? Sounds too easy to be true, but Iím willing to try it. But, like you said, itís only the beginning. How will I know if Iím doing everything right?
If you ďtrain up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not turn from it.Ē
So, I just have to steer him in the right direction and heíll end up OK? Still sounds too simple. What if he does something wrong? What does your book say about that?
It says you shouldnít withhold discipline from your child.
Got it. But, what about finances? Having a baby is expensive, and heíll need so many things when he grows older.
God will bless you with what you need. After all, ďThe blessing of the Lord brings wealth.Ē .
Oh, come on. I know lots of religious people who are poor.
ďBetter a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.Ē
So, youíre saying that following God is all that matters?
Well, thereís more to it, but youíll have to Ö
Read the book, right?
Yes. Read the book. I think youíll find it has all the answers youíll need. By the way, we find a new child can impact a marriage. Iíve also written a songbook that can enhance your love life. And keep in mind; my chapters are just one part of the Complete Instruction Book.
One thing at a time, OK? Let me check this stuff out and get back to you.
Thanks for your purchase, sir. And may God bless you. Remember: ďthe memory of a righteous man will be a blessing.Ē So, if you follow God youíll create blessed memories with your son.
All quoted verses come from the NIV, and are found in Proverbs: verses 1:7, 23:13, 10:22, 19:1, and10:7
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