Focus: What does it take to get your attention?

Where is your focus today? Are you focusing on yourself or others? Could there be something more that you should be focusing on? What have you found to be successful at getting your attention? Does it have to change how you feel? Does it have to trigger some emotional response? What would it take to change your focus to be something else?

For example, is your focus on the lost and the hurting? Moreover, is your focus on orphans and widows? Furthermore, is your focus on your wives and kids? Considering what is or should be a priority, is your focus on the right things?

You see someone who is lost and hurting, how does that make you feel? Is that feeling what changes your focus? You see kids who have lost their parents or widows who have lost their husbands, how does that make you feel? Does that change your focus? You witness what your wives and kids are going through, how does that make you feel? Will any of these feelings help you to take your focus off selfish things and turn them back to godly things?

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Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
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Today’s Verse of the Day to help us focus on the right things

For [godly] sorrow that is in accord with the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation; but worldly sorrow [the hopeless sorrow of those who do not believe] produces death.

2 Corinthians 7:10 AMP

Firstly, let’s be the dads who realize that when we are feeling godly sorrow that is in accord with the will of God it produces a repentance without regret! Second, let’s be the dads who realize that there is never regret in doing the right thing! Thirdly, let’s remember that we need to choose to live our lives without neglect so that we won’t find ourselves in a situation of major regret! Finally, we need to remember the difference between godly and worldly sorry for worldly sorry, the hopeless sorrow of those who do not believe God produces death.

So what can we learn from today’s verse of the day? What practical things can we put into practice from it that will help us be the dads that God created, purposed, and planned for us to be for our wives, kids, and world? Let’s be the dads who focus on godly sorrow and repentance, you can grow as a father and create a nurturing environment for your family, fulfilling the purpose that God has for you in their lives.

Applications of 2 Corinthians 7:10:

  • Cultivate godly sorrow: Reflect on your actions and attitudes, acknowledging any areas where you’ve fallen short. Allow godly sorrow to lead you to genuine repentance and change.
  • Embrace responsibility: Take ownership of your role as a father and the impact your actions have on your family. Recognize the need for repentance when you’ve made mistakes.
  • Prioritize salvation: Understand that the ultimate goal for both yourself and your family is salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Make it a central focus in your parenting, teaching your children the importance of a relationship with God.
  • Seek forgiveness: Regularly seek forgiveness from God and your family when you’ve erred. Teach your children the importance of seeking forgiveness as well, fostering a culture of grace and reconciliation in your home.
  • Foster a healthy sense of regret: Distinguish between godly and worldly sorrow by allowing godly sorrow to produce healthy regret. Let this regret prompt positive change and growth rather than dwelling on past mistakes.
  • Model repentance: Lead by example and demonstrate repentance in your own life. When you make mistakes, openly admit them, seek forgiveness, and strive to change your behavior.
  • Teach the difference: Educate your children about the difference between godly and worldly sorrow. Help them understand that godly sorrow leads to positive transformation, while worldly sorrow leads to stagnation and death.
  • Encourage emotional growth: Foster emotional intelligence in yourself and your children. Teach them to recognize and process their emotions, particularly godly sorrow, in healthy ways that lead to growth and positive change.
  • Create a safe environment: Establish an atmosphere of grace and love in your home where your family feels safe to acknowledge their mistakes and pursue repentance. Show understanding and support during moments of repentance and growth.
  • Stay accountable: Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who can hold you accountable in your journey as a father. Engage in a supportive community, such as a men’s group or a mentor relationship, where you can receive guidance and encouragement.

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