Being a Godly Dad


They are the ones that will always be there for you. They help you with school projects, they teach you how to play sports, and they will always be there to give you sound advice. Fathers are amazing. I know I may be biased, but I think I have an amazing dad. He is normally the first person I will call for advice, he’s supportive in everything I do, and he loves me unconditionally. He’s a good dad.

   Many people have good dads. But there was something about my dad that was different. He wasn’t just a good dad, but a Godly one.

   Godly dads put God first. My dad always made sure we were following the commandments of the Lord. Paul told the fathers in Ephesus to “bring [their children] up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (6:4). I remember sitting around as a family working on our Sunday school lessons. My parents always made sure we had our memory verse memorized. My dad’s goal was to get his children to obey the Gospel.

   Godly dads make worship services a priority. My dad was “mean” to me while growing up. He wouldn’t let me play any sport that took place on a Sunday. He also wouldn’t let me work on Sundays. If there was a birthday party or a get together at a friend’s house, it had to wait until after worship services. As I grew up, I realized the reason why he was so “mean.” My dad understood the importance of worshiping God. He made sure our whole family made God our number one priority. I’m thankful for that.

   Godly dads are Godly leaders. “Wives should submit to their husbands in everything” (1 Tim. 3:4). This is not an excuse to rule with an iron fist, instead it is God’s plan for leadership in the house. The husband and father is put in charge to be a Godly leader. They will make tough decisions. They will make sure God’s will is always being done. They will reprimand the children, correct the errors, and encourage Godly behavior. It’s hard to be a strong leader. Your kids may not like you at times, but soon they will see that you have God’s intentions in your heart.

   I’m thankful that I didn’t just have a good dad; I had a Godly one. What do your kids think of you? Are you being the dad God wants you to be?

~ Kevin