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Topic: fathers (06/06/05)
TITLE: An In Your Face Guidebook For Fathers Who May Need One
By Linda Germain
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It started with Adam, the first human father. His missed mark has been handed down through the generations. Day after week after month after year we stumble blindly down that same old path, trying to do what our fathers did, which may have hurt us, and messing up the same way. There is a solution.
So? He didn’t say he loved you. Don’t do that to your child. Change the tradition of anger, hate, betrayal, and abandonment. Do not stand there in your knowledge of the past and hand a horrible legacy to your own flesh and blood. Maybe your daddy did care little for you. God will take care of him. Jesus loves you and that’s all that matters.
Don’t just space out with your face on backwards, Mister. DO SOMETHING. Stop whining about what was done to you and how you suffered. Get a grip. Get over it and move on. Love your child. Really LOVE your child. Love your child’s mother first. Even before that, love the Lord who made you. Life is incredibly short. Roll that stone away from your cold heart and LOVE!
Stand up and be a real man, the kind who knows what responsibility is when children are involved. Kids are not puppies or kittens. The second you made the decision to become part of a parental package, married or not, you sealed your fate FOREVER! Running away from the product of your lust or love does not break the destructive chain. Running away from the “chain gang” does. Why should you predicate your life responses on your own genetic donor? None of that matters.
Do not provoke your children to anger. It makes them hate you. That does not mean you are not in charge. You are most definitely the leader of this platoon of maturing humans and they need a strong and loving hand, not a wishy-washy-nick- knack- paddy-whack kind. Their mother has her role, for sure, but YOU are their father. Do not hurt them. Do not be mean and belligerent and hateful and nasty and scary. Be a strong and GODLY man whom they respect.
It is okay to laugh and have fun with them, but you are NOT one of them, YOU are the leader. You are the one in charge. You must not let them wheedle you out of things you KNOW are not good for them. Make your daughters put on some clothes, for goodness sake. Make your sons pull up their pants and show some respect to women. Wash out their mouths. In fact, WASH OUT YOURS! Dump the trashy movies and games. Be in charge.
Speaking of daughters. PROTECT yours better. Do not let her roam around, yes, even at the Mall. The papers are filled with the grizzly things that are happening to young females. Where are the fathers? WHERE ARE YOU PEOPLE? Tell her about drugs and smoking and drinking and guys and parties. Parties? There is NO REASON that a youngster should ever go to a party, unless it is of mixed ages and parents are involved. We KNOW what parties are for. If you don’t, then you are deaf, dumb, and blind. Don’t wallow in stupidity. Your child suffers for it.
If a man’s home is his castle, and you are the king, get off of your recliner throne and ditch the clicker. Believe it or not, you do not really NEED a television set (horrors). There is plenty of good news on the radio, and even better news in the ultimate manual for fathers, the HOLY BIBLE.
When did men decide they needed so much entertainment, play time, and get-away-from-me-kid I’m working time? This is WAR, man. Stand up. Stand up. For the sake of your babies, TAKE A STAND! This is not merely a plea for more family fun in front of the idiot box. This is begging for you learn how real men should act in GOD’S army. Real men TRAIN for the job of defense. Good soldiers are loyal and focused. As officers, they take command and expect obedience, but at the same time maintain a prescribed standard.
If you are brave enough to march to the beat of a BETTER drum, you can change the world, one child at a time. I challenge you. Put on that full armor, grab God’s complete guide to fatherhood and GO! Go! Go!
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