Remember how we aren’t supposed to go it alone but instead have a connection? Do you have the proper perspective with Christ at the center so that a rope of three strands isn’t easily broken? Consider the power of connection when we do it with a biblical perspective!
Consider how in the beginning God called out that it isn’t good for man to be alone:
‘Now the Lord God said, “It is not good (beneficial) for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper [one who balances him—a counterpart who is] suitable and complementary for him.” ‘Genesis 2:18
‘Two are better than one because they have a more satisfying return for their labor; for if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and does not have another to lift him up. Again, if two lie down together, then they keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? ‘Ecclesiastes 4:9-11
Let’s keep Jesus at the center of the core of our relationship because we know that having Him as the center, the third strand, there is strength and power!
‘And though one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. ‘Ecclesiastes 4:12
Therefore, connecting powerfully with our wives and kids requires that we have a connection with God! Moreover, connecting with Jesus enables power to flow in and through our homes!
It’s not enough to just get together and play games or socialize. We need to purposefully gather in the name of Jesus for there to be extra power in our connections! Firstly in our marriages, we need to put Jesus in the center so as to strengthen our marriage for a rope of three strands is not easily broken! Similarly in our families, we need to keep Jesus in the center to have power as a power to be and do all that God has created and purposed for us to be and do.
Let’s be the dads who gather with other brothers as followers of Jesus to support and encourage one another! Furthermore, let’s be the dads who gather with our church body because we know that it is important to:
- encourage one another and build up one another,
- pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another
- encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
- be building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit
So let’s consider how we can apply today’s verse of the day to be the dads God created and purposed for us to be!
How to apply God’s Word and live in the power of connection:
- Prioritize quality time with your family: “Make an effort to gather with your family regularly and spend quality time together. This can include activities like family dinners, game nights, or outings to the park.”
- Foster a sense of community within your family: “Encourage open communication and create a safe space for your family members to share their thoughts and feelings with one another. This can help to build stronger relationships and promote a sense of unity within your family.”
- Practice forgiveness: “As a dad, it’s important to model forgiveness and extend grace to your family members when they make mistakes. This can help to promote a culture of forgiveness within your family and encourage your children to do the same.”
- Pray together: “Gather with your family to pray regularly. This can be a powerful way to invite Jesus into your family’s life and seek His guidance and wisdom in your relationships with one another.”
- Attend church together: “Make it a priority to attend church as a family. This can provide an opportunity to gather in the name of Jesus and connect with other believers, strengthening your faith and relationships with one another.”
- Lead by example: “As a dad, your actions and behaviors have a strong influence on your family. Take responsibility for your actions and strive to be a positive role model for your children.”
- Support and encourage your family: “Show your family members that you believe in them and are there to support them in their endeavors. This can help to build confidence and promote a sense of unity within your family.”
- Create traditions and rituals: “Establishing traditions and rituals can help to bring your family closer together and create lasting memories. This can be as simple as a weekly family movie night or a special meal on birthdays.”
- Practice active listening: “Make a conscious effort to actively listen to your family members when they speak to you. This can help to foster better communication and strengthen your relationships.”
- Serve others as a family: “Volunteering or serving others as a family can be a powerful way to gather in the name of Jesus and put your faith into action. Look for opportunities to serve your community together, such as volunteering at a local food bank or participating in a service project.”