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3 Life Lessons from Dad

Happy Father’s day everyone! I hope all the dads, grandads and great grandads out there are truly blessed. This post is about the things my dad has shown me about God and treating people.

Be patient

‘Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. ‘

Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)

My dad is a very patient person, especially with my family. If ever things get heated, he’s still cool and calm. It’s helped me try and be more patient and chill with others. Paul talks about being patient and kind with one another and he even includes it in the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22). I can see how this looks as my dad patiently leads our family. 

Put others first

‘Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.’

Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT)

Dad will stop at nothing to get my siblings and me what we need. He is so caring and generous and will always be keeping on top of things. Even if it means he has to go without something he wants, he’ll still go ahead. This also reminds me of the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12). Dad has shown me there’s more joy in helping out others than just helping yourself (Acts 20:35).

Better together

‘For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.’

Matthew 18:20 (ESV)

Some days, like a typical teen, I just want to stay in my room with my phone or laptop and can’t be bothered going out, let alone going out of my room. Then dad might come along and suggest we do family stuff instead. At first, I can be reluctant, but then I feel better when hanging with everyone. We really try to make God the centre of our family, during our family time and I’m thankful for all the time dad makes for us to be together.

So there are a few things I love about my dad and they have also helped me be closer to God. Again have a great Father’s Day, and remember, we have a Heavenly Father who loves us so much!

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