5 Lies That Dads Believe

Let’s be honest with each other, ok?  Dads, we struggle with this whole fatherhood thing.  We love it, but often don’t know what to do with, right?  To make things worse, the enemy preys on that insecurity.  Every one of these lies below have described my feelings about fatherhood at one time or another.

1)   Insufficiency.  I have no idea what I’m doing.  If my family finds out I will be a running joke.

2)   Shame.  Does my past and present disqualify me?  How can it not?

3)   I must do something significant for my kids to love and respect me.  Have I done enough to earn their love and respect?

4)   My kids will remember my mistakes.  I’m sure they are keeping a running total of my frustrations and disappointing looks in their direction.

5)   I have to do it like my dad.  Even a poor example is better than no example, right?

So, what now?  Let’s fight the lies with TRUTH!  First, let’s get our cues regarding fatherhood from God.  He is our example.  Here are some verses that show us how God leads.  Spend some time this week with these verses.  We would do well to practice these.

  • Lamentations 3:22-23 (love and mercy are new every morning)
  • Psalm 23 (a good shepherd brings good to his sheep)
  • Joshua 1:6-9 (breathe confidence into your son’s heart)
  • Matthew 11:28-30 (Jesus is gentle and humble in heart)
  • Matthew 3:17 (I love you, I am proud of you)

There will be more to come regarding these lies in my next post.  Until then I would love to hear your thoughts on this.  What verses have made the difference in your parenting?

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