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I recently opened a box to a new power tool. After cutting the packing tape across the top, I lifted the first cardboard flap to reveal styrofoam packing material securing the tool inside. But there on top of the packing material, wrapped in plastic, was the owner’s manual. It was obvious the tool company wanted to make certain I knew what I was doing prior to taking the tool out of the box. Well, I did what most guys would typically do in that spot—I tossed the owner’s manual aside and went right for the tool.

I know this is a pretty common practice for a lot of guys. We tend to discard the manual and try to figure things out on our own. We get away with it on the farm. We can get by at work. But at home is another story. Especially when it comes to parenting.

Our children come to us as gifts. We receive them with joy and try to figure this parenting deal out on our own. But unlike a power tool, we soon discover that we could actually use an owner’s manual The problem is, though, somewhere along the way we settle for playing a passive role in the lives of our children. We let moms carry the weight of responsibility or we think our children can figure life out on their own.

Dads, lets open our hearts to God’s word and let His truth be a manual for our roles as fathers. God has uniquely placed you in the life of your son or daughter. No one else can take your spot. You are the dad. Don’t shy away from that role. God asks you, the dad, to be the storyteller of the Great Story (Deuteronomy 6:20-21; Ephesians 6:4). It may seem like you don’t have what it takes to be the dad your kids need. Don’t believe that lie. Here’s the truth: God will supply for every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)!

It may seem like your kids are doing fine with you taking a back seat…they’re not. They need their dad. It may seem like you can figure it out on your own…you can’t. You need God’s Word. Let’s open His manual together.

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