Think about it. Do you feel like a failure as a father? If you’re like most dads reading this, you do. So how do you “not fail” as a father? I want to encourage you to use your life to point to God. Pointing to God is how you ultimately win. The Westminster Catechism says, “The chief end of men is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” Why? Because the Bible is for us, but it is not about us. It is about God’s pursuit of His glory.
Question: What’s one thing you can pick, considering your child’s age and stage, to share with him or her today?
As you read Scripture with this idea in mind, it’s impossible to ignore God’s pursuit of His glory: To the Righteous Ruler and the Holy King be all exaltation and adoration (Isa. 6:3). All creation joins with the resounding of heaven and earth for this one single purpose—to glorify in the beauty and majesty of the Triune God who deserves all worship (Ps. 115:1)
Life is not about our own glory or our own kingdom. I’m here to tell you: don’t glorify your failures — glorify God. I recently wrote that you can turn your failures into wins. I believe God can redeem your time as a dad. The Christian life is constantly in the battle of two kingdoms; the kingdom of self versus the kingdom of God. The question is, to which one are we willing to commit ourselves?
Don’t waste your failures. Use your failure as a father to point to God.
The temptation for humans to steal glory from something or someone is not a new thing. We long to be known, to be championed and glorified—above even those we love. Simply put, we battle to be thieves of everyone’s glory, including God’s. We want the recognition, honor, and praise. We are glory thieves.
For the longest time, churches have found excuses for ignoring the simple Jesus model. People want to live for their own glory and namesake. “I, me, myself” to be seated on the throne, high and lifted up to be adorned and worshiped (Matt. 23:7).
In fact, it is when we are vulnerable in our failures and say, “I don’t have my act together, I need Jesus.” that God shows His strength in us (2 Cor. 12:9-11). It all points to Christ. It’s all about Him and His grace. As one author put it, we need to be vulnerable “for the sake of the gospel”. We need to understand the gospel is about embracing lost sinners and growing together in a vibrant community.
Will we be vulnerable for the sake of the gospel? It could mean spending time with your son outside of the house— asking him a simple question like: How are you really doing? But beyond just listening, take time to share some struggles you’ve been facing. Be open and honest about your weaknesses and share a