Heart Broken …
As a parent (father) I was Heart broken over the weekend to hear the news of two separate events were fathers killed their children. When you read or hear the news it often seems so remote and far away, but this weekend it hit close to home. With the events in Mason, it was like getting kicked in the stomach. I personally never met the family to my knowledge, and know nothing of the circumstance in their home life.
As many of you know I work as an Alcohol and Drug counselor for the State of Ohio mental health system, and deal with individuals that for various reasons make bad choices some because they have serious mental illness, for other they are criminals and believe they can do what they want. As I said I don’t know this father that committed the violent act over the weekend. However, one thing that is for sure something is wrong with his thinking what ever it was.
I’m personally not a big fan of Sigmund Freud. However this quote is as true for us as fathers today when he said “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.”
King Solomon wrote his thoughts on this topic of fathers task in … Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it” (NIV)
I feel that my greatest challenges as a father are FOUR MAJOR TASK:
1. Raise my children to know and love the Lord as their Savior.
2. Show my children how to love their mother
3. Teach them right from wrong all the days of their lives.
4. TELL THEM I LOVE THEM EVERYDAY … BECAUSE IT IS THE FACTS.