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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: fathers (06/06/05)

TITLE: An In Your Face Guidebook For Fathers Who May Need One
By Linda Germain



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.

Chapter I

Stop it!
So? He didnít say he loved you. Donít 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 thatís all that matters.

Chapter II

Donít 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 childís 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!

Chapter III

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 ďchain gangĒ does. Why should you predicate your life responses on your own genetic donor? None of that matters.

Chapter IV

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.

Chapter V

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.

Chapter VI

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 donít, then you are deaf, dumb, and blind. Donít wallow in stupidity. Your child suffers for it.

Chapter VI

If a manís 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 Iím 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 GODíS 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 Godís complete guide to fatherhood and GO! Go! Go!

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Shari Armstrong 06/14/05
dub W06/16/05
Amen, Amen.
Anthony Tophoney06/16/05
I agree whole-heartedly! AMEN!
darlene hight06/16/05
I would love to see the Mother counterpart to this one. I whole heartedly agree with this one. You don't have to have had a good father to know what one looks like and you don't have to have been a good mother to know what one looks like. Can we get a hardy 'Grow the heck up!'
Pat Guy 06/16/05
Whoo Hoo - you go girl - or should it be - you the man! ;) Good job!
Sally Hanan06/16/05
I've read that men need very specific directions and you have them here :) So what would a multi-tasking mothers' entry look like?
Val Clark06/17/05
Phew! Great points but run on/over long sentences led to some confusion for me.
Suzanne R06/18/05
Good job!
Jackie McCauley06/19/05
Well said! No more excuses! I hope you are taking a lead in a Bible study somewhere and affecting this kind of passion into the hearts of the men around you!