What comes to mind when you hear the word dependable? Who or what comes to mind when you think of someone or something that is capable of being trusted or depended on? What or who comes to mind when you think of words like reliable, trustworthy, responsible, and secure? Is your list long or short? Can you call them out or would you have to think about it for a bit? Who in your life can you count on? What makes it so, is it what they are doing or being?
What makes someone dependable:
- Under-promising, over-delivering: Truly dependable people don’t try to convince you they’re dependable. They don’t drop constant promises and vows about what they “will” or “would” do. Instead, they say what they are going to do and then actually do it. They also practice under-promising and over-delivering.
- Following through on promises: Dependable people will do their utmost to only promise what they’re actually going to do. If they can’t do it for any reason, they will let all affected parties know and explain why.
- Committing for real or not at all: Dependable folks either commit for real or not at all. If they can’t do something or are not sure, they never say “probably” or “maybe.” If they aren’t sure, they say “probably not, but if something changes I will let you know.”
- Communicating clearly: Dependable people communicate clearly, even if they are introverts. They are honest and transparent about their intentions and expectations.
searching for habits and characteristics, I found these via chat.bing.com
- Punctual: Dependable people are punctual and arrive on time to work or meetings.
- Organized: Dependable people are organized and have a system for keeping track of their tasks.
- Proactive: Dependable people will search for problems to solve, even if it isn’t something that is immediately assigned to them.
- A good team player: Dependable people follow company policies and take the initiative to help their team members.
Are you dependable?
Who if asked would you say names you as someone who is dependable in their life? Based on our top 3 priorities in life, how would God, your wife, and your kids answer? How would you answer in response to consider how you are choosing to live today? Are you ready to make an effort and choose to be the dads that God created and purposes for you to be? Could you take the first steps to be the dads that your wives and kids need you to be?
Before we jump into today’s verse of the day, let’s pause and listen to a song about dependable:
Firstly, let’s be the dads who look to God to see what dependable looks like and choose to live towards that. Secondly, let’s be the dads who patiently wait for the Lord because we know that He is working all things for good for those who love and diligently seek Him. Finally, let’s be the dads whose souls expectantly wait on God because our hope comes through faith and trust in His Word.
How can we put today’s verse of the day into action and practice to glorify God and to meet the needs of our wives and kids? What can we do to learn from this and step into doing and being for the sake of our families?
Applications of Psalms 130:5 towards becoming dependable dads for the glory of God and the needs of our wives and kids:
- Trust in God’s Timing:
- Practice patience in all aspects of life, trusting that God’s timing is perfect.
- Seek Guidance in God’s Word:
- Regularly study and meditate on the Bible to gain wisdom and guidance for your role as a father.
- Model Dependability after God:
- Strive to emulate God’s dependability in your actions and commitments.
- Under-Promise, Over-Deliver:
- Follow the principle of under-promising and over-delivering in your commitments to your family.
- Follow Through on Promises:
- Make a conscious effort to fulfill the promises you make to your spouse and children.
- Clear Communication:
- Communicate clearly with your family members, fostering an environment of trust and transparency.
- Commit Wholeheartedly:
- Commit to your roles and responsibilities as a husband and father wholeheartedly, avoiding half-hearted commitments.
- Be punctual in your daily activities, respecting the time of your family members.
- Organizational Skills:
- Develop and maintain organizational habits to manage your tasks efficiently and prevent unnecessary stress.
- Proactive Problem Solving:
- Take the initiative to identify and address challenges within your family, displaying a proactive attitude.
Let’s be the dads who build upon the strong foundation of Jesus in our lives:
By integrating these applications into your daily life, you can contribute to building a strong foundation of dependability within your family. As you wait patiently on the Lord and anchor your hope in His Word, you will find the strength and guidance needed to be a dependable father for the glory of God and the well-being of your wife and children.