Five Truths for Fathers

My Dad really respects Billy Graham and speaks fondly of when Billy Graham came to NZ. So this fathers day we have 5 Truths for Fathers from Billy Graham –
1. You can be a good father.
Even if your dad wasn’t a good example or wasn’t in the picture at all, you don’t have to fear fatherhood. You have a Heavenly Father who will never fail you.
2. God wants you to honor your father.
It might not be easy, but it is a mandate from God. The Bible says, “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 5:16).
3. Time is precious.
Harboring resentment doesn’t glorify God or serve in your best interest. None of us is guaranteed tomorrow, so fathers, children—make the most of whatever time you have today. Consider James 4:14, which says, “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
4. Be patient and loving
Find your strength and peace in God. Billy Graham has said, “Only Christ can meet the deepest needs of our world and our hearts. Christ alone can bring lasting peace.”
5. Prayer is powerful
Pray for your family, your children, your children’s children (even if they aren’t here yet). Billy Graham says prayer is powerful and a great privilege for those who trust in the Lord.

Contributed by Jo Hall