As discussed last week, there we be no home unless there was a foundation. So, make sure you are building a firm foundation, rooted in God’s Word before you begin working on the next step.
Once you have your foundation, it’s time to begin framing your house. And in building a spiritual home, the framing is your Godly example.
Step #2 – Framing – Godly Example
Proverbs 13:22 – A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
James Dobson says “”Our very survival as a nation will depend on the presence or absence of masculine leadership in the home.” Do you know the longest running TV comedy of all-time? “The Simpsons” – which portrays a dad that is lazy, unintelligent, overweight, self-centered, and an alcoholic. The voice of the character says he has to “let his IQ go” when he performs the voice of the dad, Homer Simpson. Yet, USA Today cited Homer Simpson as one of the “top 25 most influential people of the past 25 years!! “D’oh!”
In America, we are experiencing an absence of our Fathers. The average time father has meaningful dialogue with son each day – 38 seconds. 25% of teens claim they have never had a meaningful conversation with their father. And 25 million kids grow up in US without a positive male role model in their life. This has led to the sad statistic of children spending 40% less time with their family than a generation ago.
But this is not new thing. In the Old Testament, we see the misguided parenting of Eli, and the parenting struggles of Noah, David, and others. It’s time to set a new cultural trend and it begins in your home. So, whatever category of parenting you fall into, here is what you need to do:
Fathers – give your children a spiritual leader that they need. Strive to be like God the Father.
Mothers – encourage your husband to be that man. Support him, ask about his devotional life, encourage him to find a mentor, and to find an accountability partner.
Grandparents – Be a support to the fathers. Mature believers help equip our Fathers. Help find resources, buy them books or videos, be a Paul to the Timothy’s around you.
In case you missed it, here is How to Build a Spiritual Home, Part 1.