Give your kids a gift for Father's Day

June 4, 2018

What gift will you give your children for Father’s Day this year? Of course, you will be expecting to receive gifts from your kids since you have earned the “Best Dad of the Year” award. However, why not treat your children to something different this year? Consider these three great gift ideas you can offer your loved ones and maybe surprise those most special in your life.

Give the Gift of a Godly Life
Ever heard the old saying, “monkey see, monkey do?” Well parents most certainly know that it applies when it comes to raising kids. The children of your home see every move you make. Nothing escapes a child’s radar – even when he or she is simultaneously surfing the Internet, texting a friend or listening to music. As a result, kids are quick to mimic all that is done – whether good or bad. That is why dads need to let their children see them reading, studying, memorizing and living out God’s Word. Personal, disciplined devotion and study has the potential to produce an environment of spiritual growth within the home that could spill over into the next generation. The Bible says, “Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.” (Proverbs 8:34-35) Children need to carry into adulthood the image of their dads giving high priority to Scripture.

Give the Gift of Prayer
The Bible says, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8b) Satan has you and your children in his crosshairs. Your whole family is being preyed upon, especially if you have teenagers. This year, give your family the gift of your genuine commitment to daily prayer. Prayer is one of the greatest gifts we have as believers. We have full access to the Lord who understands our every need, hurt and want. Dads not only have the privilege of prayer, but the tremendous joy of modeling and teaching their children how to pray. There are many different ways to teach a child to pray; however, depending on the age of the child and whether they have put their faith and trust in Christ will determine how you approach this opportunity.

 

Dads not only have the privilege of prayer, but the tremendous joy of modeling and teaching their children how to pray.

Give the Gift of Teaching
Many fathers find teaching God’s Word to their children intimidating, but being intentional is the first step in defeating this fear. The second step is seeing the many opportunities you have to talk to your children during the week. Discussing a verse from the Bible at a meal, talking about the latest Sunday School lesson while driving down the road, praying with children before they go to bed and working on memorizing Scripture together throughout the week are just a few examples. Be determined to take advantage of every opportunity to lead your family in learning about God. Each encounter gives your family the chance to draw closer to the Lord. Be in awe of Him and bring God’s Truth to life.

Make this Father’s Day radically different and give yourself to your children and to the Lord in these special ways.


by Mark Smith 
 /  Family Evangelism and Discipleship  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

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