Week 2: Psalm 32:8
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (NIV)
|I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.||Let me give you some good advice; I’m looking you in the eye and giving it to you straight:|
It is debated as to whether these words were spoken by David, the Psalmist, or God. The prevailing opinion seems to lean more toward God speaking to David. Regardless, the message can apply to us directly. A Christian must gain the Biblical truth through his own studies, and then must teach these truths to others. And all teaching is to be done in a Godly way, modeling Christ’s love for us.
In week one, you identified the role models in your child’s life. Of all the positive role models, it is crucial that fathers take the lead in intentionally providing the proper Biblical instruction on a consistent basis. As wonderful as all the other influences may be, your child needs to be exposed to a consistent Biblical message from you, one that is THE top message ingrained and used as a filter for all other information. If you fail at this, your child will find another person to emulate, and that is something that you quickly lose control over.
- Reflect on your father. Make a list of the things you remember him teaching you directly…positive and negative. Commit to yourself to continue his legacy with the positive lessons, and to change the negative ones.
- Discuss with your child why YOU are the one to go through this year of devotions with him. Share the important items from your reflection of your father. Be vulnerable with your child. If he sees you opening up on a deeper level, he will become more comfortable to do the same in the future.
- Create the vision of what you want your child to grow up to be like when he is 20 years old. Be very specific in every way. Discuss this with your child, laying out your vision for him. Seek your child’s input as well. Publish this vision in your house for constant reminders and encouragement.