On the Outside Looking In: Hope for Separated Fathers Who Want to be Good Fathers
There are so many things in this society that are poised against you being a good father -
from your own distractions to people who will seek to discourage you in a variety of ways. Do
not give up.
God is moving with you and the path is being laid for your success. Do not give up.
The time is right for you now. Do not give up.
There are plenty of support mechanisms out there for you. Do not give up!
You are moving in the right direction.
Do - not - give - up!
Do The Right Thing
(Seven Principles of Good Fatherhood)
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he
asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give
good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to
those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13 NIV)
When Jesus was giving an illustration to His followers of how much God the Father has
given us through His Holy Spirit, He used the example of evil fathers on earth. He said that
though they are evil, they know how to give good gifts to their children. God clearly expects that
even evil fathers will give to their children.
From this illustration, we can assume that a definition of a father (good or evil) is one who
gives to his children. What does he give? In the scripture above, the father is giving what the
son asked for. By the mere fact that our children exist, they are asking us to be good fathers.