Let’s start with today, how are you approaching it? Will you approach today with confidence or doubtfully? Is there something that helps you approach today with confidence rather than timidly, hesitantly, or tentatively? Do you approach things differently based on your expected results? Are your expectations triggering you to be more held back and keeping you from stepping up and in with confidence?
Why might you approach today with confidence:
People who start their day with confidence may have inherited personality traits that make them more optimistic, assertive, and resilient. They may also have positive life experiences that reinforce their self-worth and abilities. Additionally, they may have a growth mindset that helps them embrace challenges and learn from failures.example taken from chat.bing.com
Reasons why you might not approach today with confidence:
People who start their day with doubt may have genetic variations that affect their serotonin and oxytocin levels, which are linked to happiness and social bonding. They may also have negative or traumatic life experiences that damage their self-esteem and trust. Furthermore, they may have a fixed mindset that makes them fear failure and avoid risks.
People who start their day with timidity may have a behavioral inhibition that makes them cautious and reserved in unfamiliar situations. They may also have been exposed to harsh or critical parenting styles that make them feel insecure and inadequate. Moreover, they may have a perfectionist tendency that makes them set unrealistic standards and criticize themselves harshly.
People who start their day with hesitation may have a low level of self-efficacy, which is the belief in one’s ability to achieve goals. They may also have faced frequent obstacles or setbacks that make them doubt their competence and potential. Additionally, they may have a pessimistic outlook that makes them focus on the negative aspects of situations.
People who start their day with tentativeness may have a high level of self-awareness, which is the ability to reflect on one’s thoughts and feelings. They may also have a complex or ambiguous environment that requires them to adapt and adjust constantly. Furthermore, they may have a curious and open-minded attitude that makes them explore different possibilities and perspectives.examples taken from chat.bing.com
Let’s be the dads who start our days with God who speaks the truth in love to us. Let’s imitate Him, confidently face today, trust His control, obey His Word and Spirit. Let’s choose today to approach God and then walk out our day with Him, praying without ceasing and casting all of our cares on Him because He cares for us!
Firstly, let’s be the dads who trust in God’s promises and rely on His grace which means to come boldly, not fearfully, to the One who loves us and gave His Son for us! Secondly, let’s be the dads who draw near, not withdraw, from the One who knows our weaknesses and invites us to receive His mercy. Thirdly, let’s be the dads who seek, not avoid, the One who has the power and the will to help us in our time of need.
How will you choose your approach to being the dads that your wives, kids, and world need you to be? How can you apply today’s verse of the day to being the dad that will meet the needs of your wives, kids, and world while also glorifying God in the highest? Could your decision today on how you will approach life transform the rest of your life and eternity?
Applications of Hebrews 4:16 that can help us be the dads our wives, kids, and world need us to be:
- Boldly Lead by Example: Demonstrate confidence in your decisions and actions, showing your kids how to navigate life with assurance.
- Show Mercy: Just as we receive mercy, extend it to your family when they make mistakes. Create an environment of understanding and forgiveness.
- Be Gracious: Practice grace in your interactions, understanding that everyone has their struggles and moments of need.
- Trust in God’s Timing: Recognize that there’s a right moment for everything. Trust in God’s timing and be patient in your journey as a father.
- Approach Challenges Fearlessly: Encourage your children to face challenges head-on, assuring them that you’re there to support and guide them.
- Seek Help When Needed: Just as we seek God in our time of need, teach your kids that it’s okay to seek help from others when they require support.
- Pray Without Ceasing: Instill a sense of continuous communication with a higher power, teaching your family the importance of staying connected to something beyond themselves.
- Be Open to Adaptation: Life is dynamic, and being a confident dad means being open to change and adaptation. Embrace new situations with courage.
- Encourage Curiosity: Foster a curious mindset in your kids. Encourage them to explore, learn, and discover without fear of failure.
- Glorify God in Your Actions: Ultimately, live in a way that glorifies your beliefs and values. Let your confidence be a reflection of your faith and commitment to a higher purpose.
Approaching life with confidence, grounded in faith and humility, can indeed transform not just your day but your entire perspective on fatherhood and, ultimately, your legacy.