A man in prison ministry told me an alarming story at a recent conference. For Mother’s Day, he offered Mother’s Day cards to each of the inmates, which they could use to send a note to their mothers. About 700 inmates did so.
For Father’s Day, just one month later, he made the same offer. He provided Father’s Day cards for each inmate. But only 90 of the men wrote a card to their fathers.
Why? Because most of the men didn’t have a father in their lives.
Guys, the life you live before your sons and daughters will leave an indelible mark on the next generation. I offer three suggestions.
- Be sober.
- Be kind.
- Be there.
Recovery Step: God told the prophet, “I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to me” (2 Samuel 7:14). Men, be a father to your kids. Better still, be a sober father to your kids.