Life can be hard, and we are not meant to go through it alone. God gave us one another for support. Choose to be an encourager to one another so that we can be the dads. Choose to comfort one another in the midst of trials and troubles, so we can find joy and strength to persevere. As dads, we should turn to God’s Word for guidance and strength, knowing that: According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, all Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that we can be equipped for every good work. To be the dads our families and the world need, let’s encourage, comfort, and support one another.
Let’s consider the greater context for this statement for one another:
‘Now as to the times and dates, brothers and sisters, you have no need for anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know perfectly well that the day of the [return of the] Lord is coming just as a thief [comes unexpectedly and suddenly] in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety [all is well and secure!]” then [in a moment unforeseen] destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains on a woman with child, and they will absolutely not escape [for there will be no way to escape the judgment of the Lord]. But you, believers, [all you who believe in Christ as Savior and acknowledge Him as God’s Son] are not in spiritual darkness [nor held by its power], that the day [of judgment] would overtake you [by surprise] like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We do not belong to the night nor to darkness. So then let us not sleep [in spiritual indifference] as the rest [of the world does], but let us keep wide awake [alert and cautious] and let us be sober [self-controlled, calm, and wise]. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we [believers] belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope and confident assurance of salvation. For God has not destined us to [incur His] wrath [that is, He did not select us to condemn us], but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died [willingly] for us, so that whether we are awake (alive) or asleep (dead) [at Christ’s appearing], we will live together with Him [sharing eternal life]. Therefore encourage and comfort one another and build up one another, just as you are doing. ‘1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Who if not us and for one another?
Let’s be the dads who are active and alive, just as our faith is to be active and alive! Don’t fall asleep at the wheel of life and become spiritually indifferent! Choose to keep wide awake, alert, and cautious as the dads who are watching over our families! Let’s be the dads who are sober, self-controlled, calm, and wise because we belong to the day and not the night, the light and not the darkness, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope and confident assurance of salvation! Let’s be the dads who are choosing to walk our lives to the full in the trust of our salvation through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who died willingly for us so that whether we are awake (alive) or asleep (dead) at Christ’s appearing, we will live together with Him sharing eternal life!
So let’s consider how we can put into practice today’s verse of the day as dads in order to glorify God and bless our families!
Here are ways to apply today’s verse of the day as dads to support one another:
- Encourage each other’s efforts in being good fathers, husbands, and leaders in their homes.
- Share advice and insights on how to navigate the challenges of parenthood and family life.
- Be willing to lend a helping hand, whether it’s with childcare, household tasks, or other needs.
- Pray for each other’s families and offer spiritual support and guidance.
- Celebrate each other’s successes, no matter how small, and offer words of affirmation and encouragement.
- Hold each other accountable to being the best dads and husbands they can be, with honesty and kindness.
- Offer a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on when times get tough.
- Plan and participate in family-friendly activities together, such as outings or game nights.
- Share resources and information on parenting and family life, such as helpful books, podcasts, or articles.
- Stay connected and check in regularly, offering support and encouragement as needed.