At Union Church today, Daniel preached an excellent sermon in preparation for Father’s Day next Sunday. His personal reflections in his journey as a Christian husband and father were very much appreciated. The reminders he gave to fathers like me were piercing. But at the beginning of his sermon, he addressed the men in the congregation and stated his main point two times … because he said men need to hear things twice. All the women applauded, of course!
On Father’s Day, many men will receive accolades for the good they have done as fathers. These words of praise and appreciation will surely warm your hearts. Fathers, along with the praises, let us be willing to listen to reminders as well. One of the most important reminder that I would like to share is that fathers must take their teaching role seriously. I’ll say it again. Fathers, take your teaching role seriously. This is a principle that we learn from God’s command to the people of Israel, especially the men.
4 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-8 NLT, emphasis added)
Teaching our children about God and his Word requires repetition. Creative repetition. We have taught our children during conversations at the dinner table, while driving to school, or after watching a movie. We texted a lot of Bible verses to them, sent them messages through Facebook or posted some lessons on the bathroom mirror. I’m sure you employ so many other teaching methods as well.
Our children are now adults. They don’t even live with us right now. Yet, my responsibility to influence them to godliness never ends. I take advantage of every teaching moment because children, my children, need constant reminders.
Besides, my children are men; they need to hear things at least twice!