Britt Farmer is the Senior Minister at the West Freeway Church in Fort Worth, TX. He and his wife have been married for 40 years and have four children, seven grandchildren and one great grandson. Britt has been published in several newspapers with his “A Little Good News” weekly article and in the Howard Publishing magazine “His Image.” He blogs at Farmer’s Harvest, and conducts the Spiritual Seminar “The Greatness of God’s Love”
There is one thing my dad shared with me before he became a Christian that influenced everything else I have ever done. I am not sure where he learned it, but it was a very Biblical principle. It was something that he believed throughout his walk in life and became reinforced when he began his walk with God. It carried me personally through my early years and I’ve handed it down to my sons as well.
He said to me, “You can do anything that you set in your mind to do!”
That is what he shared with me as a young elementary school student, and then again, later in life, he reminded me of what he had said when I asked his advice on a move I was contemplating for my family.
Once I had the opportunity to return the same advice to my dad. Both of my dad’s parents died within a year of each other, and when we got word of his dad passing he grieved and mourned with me immediately. He was also facing the weight of family problems at home.
“I don’t think I can handle this,” he said as he spoke through tears and the pain after his father had died.
“Yes, you can, Dad! Remember what you have always told me. You can do anything you set your mind to do!” I spoke with a broken voice through my own tears as we embraced. He thanked me for being there and reminding him of his own advice to me.
In our society today I am afraid that we do not spend time encouraging our sons to succeed in every area of life; home, work, or our spiritual walk. I believe that we can do a better job of making our children’s walk in life a little more encouraging.
- Get to know your children.
- Talk to them about your walk with God.
- Sit and talk with them about their place in this world.
- Challenge your children to grow in every aspect of their lives.
- Give them attainable goals to strive toward.
- Give them hope that they can accomplish good things in their lives.
- Help them know that they are special to you and their heavenly Father.
Too many times our children are given to the world without good advice or direction. For our children to be what God intended, fathers must play a part in the direction they go in as they leave home.
I admire how plainly J.B. Phillips translated Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers, don’t over-correct your children or make it difficult for them to obey the commandment. Bring them up with Christian teaching in Christian discipline.”
“You can do anything you set in your mind to do. Yes you can!”