Phil Sanders continues with the series and identifies the importance fathers play in being an order keeper and provider for the family.
Corinthians 14:40 says, “But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.”
The foundation of a successful home is order, disorder causes chaos. Fathers can help keep order within the home by providing leadership and direction. Keeping a family calendar where everyone can see it can provide a certain amount of comfort to a child as they will see what is happening within the family. It will give them a sense of routine and structure. This will help their mental health remain calm and at peace when there is a sense of order in their homes.
It’s been said that it takes a “village” to raise a child. This is so true, we are all responsible for helping to raise children whatever position you hold in your community, you make a difference. Fathers are especially needed to create order and stability within our communities. They are the key to keeping the “villages” safe and under control. Here are a few ways in which fathers can keep order:
- Get involved and be present
- Model peacemaking within the home, be the peacekeeper
- Build relationships with neighbors
- Be aware of what is happening in the neighborhood
- Develop relationships with law enforcement/school staff
- Report unusual activities in the neighborhood and let those in charge take care of it
- Take pride in your community
Fathers are not only order keepers but providers for their families. Providing means more than just a paycheck. It means providing emotional and spiritual support. Fathers who provide a positive role model are creating a lasting legacy for their children’s future. There is nothing more important to a child than words of encouragement from their fathers. Those positive words will be imprinted on your child’s thoughts for years to come.
It’s been said that moms are the “broccoli” and dads are the “ice cream” in the family meaning, dads get to have all the fun. Perhaps that is true sometimes, but a father who knows how to have fun and play with their children as well as knowing when to be the disciplinarian and set acceptable standards for the family is crucial. A father’s stern look or reassuring nod with a gentle grin can empower a child to do amazing things. Fathers, you matter! Your family is not complete without your guiding hand of order keeping and provisions. “..My sons, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves…” (Hebrews 12:5) Just as our Heavenly Father disciplines us, fathers are charged with disciplining their children thereby keeping the order in the family and teaching them to be respectful and responsible citizens in the community.
Father as an Order Keeper
“But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.”
(1 Corinthians 14:40)
“..My sons, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves…” (Hebrews 12:5)