Maybe you’ve never said the exact words, “I don’t know where to start”? But, many dads tell us this—in some way. I’ll never forget this one morning, years ago, before dropping my oldest daughter at school. She was eating breakfast when she asked me, “Daddy, how many people are in space right now?” The specificity of her question piqued my interest. Now I wanted to know how many people were in space RIGHT NOW.



So, in one of my many brilliant moments of godly fathering, I replied, “I have no idea, Bella, let’s google it!” She and I were surprised to find the website “How Many People Are in Space Right Now?” If you’re wondering, there are five people in space—right now.

Why do I tell you this story?

Besides telling you about a site where you can wow your kids with space knowledge, I’m going somewhere here. What if I just told Bella, “I don’t know,” and left it at that? She’d probably be fine with it and move on with other questions. It’s no big deal if dad doesn’t know how many people are in space at this moment, right?

Here’s my point

When it comes what we call “The Inertia Obstacle” we can get caught in this weird trap of comfort—in not starting—in not knowing. The less we know the better. The more questions we answer the more questions we’ll get, right. So we can shut down and coast.

It can sometimes feel easier NOT to start something than to start it.

If you’re like most of our readers, you’re committed to your work, your wife, and you’re physically present in your child’s life. You’re already doing “all the things.”

But are you intentional about the spiritual development of your child? Do you have a real plan? That’s where we come in. We want you to move from “I don’t know where to start” to feeling confident in saying: I am intentionally discipling my child.

There’s one thing we know from experience. If you’re intentional, you’ll face obstacles. The six most common obstacles