It is a privilege to be a husband and father. I like to be known as Tricia’s husband or my children’s father. I remember when we took our eldest child to church for the first time. I was no longer “Michael.” I was now to be known as somebody’s daddy. And I am good with that. With this privilege comes responsibility.
I am responsible for loving them, leading them, protecting them and helping them. This responsibility can seem overwhelming at times. I want to do right. I want my wife and children to respect me and feel loved by me. I want my friends and neighbors to know they can count on me. I am constantly reminded of my inadequacies and my need for help as a husband, father and friend. But this does not exempt me from the privilege and responsibilities.
The Bible teaches me in James 1:5-8, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.
For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” Life continuously presents me with what I call unchartered waters … times when I say, “I’m not sure what to do in this situation.”
At this point I must honestly confess to God my need for His wisdom. As a matter if fact, I must confess my need for His wisdom everyday. The promise of God in James 1:5-8 is that He hears our plea and will give generously of His wisdom without any fear of shame or ridicule. God rewards our faith.
Upcoming Event I want to invite all men in our community to join me and several other men for a time of renewal as men, husbands, fathers, sons, brothers and friends. On March 7-8, Centennial Baptist Church in Rutledge will host our 13th annual men’s conference.
There is a steak dinner and sessions on Friday night and continental breakfast and sessions on Saturday morning. Our desire is to encourage, challenge and equip men to fulfill our responsibilities in life with confidence and joy.
I need to be renewed from time to time in my life and my guess is that you do, too. Invite a friend, join us. You can find more info and purchase conference tickets at www.centennialbaptist.org. The theme for the conference is “Building on the Promises.”
The truth is God has created and called men to know Him and live for Him. God has created and called men to lead well at home. The truth is that God promises to equip us to do what He calls us to do.
Our response must be trusting faith in God and His promises. We would be honored to have you join us as we work together to see God’s promises fulfilled in our lives, our marriages, our families and our communities.