After considering the type of simplified advice I would offer to a young father who had limited time to listen, I came up with what I believe are 3 things that are absolutely crucial for anyone wanting to build a family that can survive the test of time. If you as a father do these 3 things well you will have a great chance to be the best husband and father you can be in life and enjoy the rewards of having a loving family. (Part 1 of 3)
The 3 C's of Fathering are:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua was a man who lived long ago who faced a huge challenge, he had to lead the nation of Israel into the promised land that God had given them as an inheritance. His role and challenge were formidable but he had something amazing on his side, Joshua was a servant of God, and God was backing him in this venture. If we as fathers position ourselves in God's will for our lives we will also experience the victory through His power backing us!
(Found in The Book of Joshua Chapter 1)
King David was only a young man when he was needed to fight Goliath the giant, but David had a secret weapon and it was not his shepherds sling but his faith that God was with him and would give him victory over his enemy.
( Found in The Book of 1 Samuel Chapter 17)
The prophet Daniel still prayed faithfully to God even when it was outlawed in ancient Babylon and punishable by being thrown to the lions. Daniel's relationship with and faithfulness to God was more important than his own life and he entrusted his future into God's hands.
(Found in The Book of Daniel Chapter 6)
These three men did not just rely upon their own Courage or else they probably would have failed, they drew upon the Courage that God imparts to His children when they call upon Him in faith!
Definitions of Courage:
Courage is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Valour is courage or bravery, especially in battle. (Wikipedia)
Courage is mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
It takes Courage to stand up and take responsibility for your family, but as we accept our role as a father and leader, courage is imparted into our heart.
When men think of the word Courage they often think of being courageous in battle or standing up for their friends in a fight. It is however important to know that courage comes in multiple forms and is not restricted to physical courage. I have seen incredible courage exhibited when men who were facing overwhelming emotional circumstances, decided to stand and fight for what they believed in, rather than to cut and run as some were advising them to.