Monday, January 31, 2011

Tall and Strong

Tall and Strong

"He is a like a tree planted by streams of water ..." Psalm 1:3

A man who seeks to be the best husband and father he can be first gives attention to the kind of man he is. Only when his life is in order as an individual before God can his life be in order as a husband or father.

Psalm 1 gives several clues to getting our lives in order to be spiritual men and positive leaders in our home.

One, we avoid company with those who do evil (v.1) No, this isn't license to be critical or judgmental of everyone else. But, it is a warning that we pay attention to our relationships. Bad companions do corrupt good morals.

Two, we devote time to the Word of God (v.2). We even delight in it, finding sustenance and meaning for our lives. No better resource can be found to direct our steps in how to function as a husband and father.

Three, we live in the Word and Worship so faithfully over a long period of time that our roots run deep (v.3). This means that we continue to draw from the Word for our ethics and values. Over time, our hearts and minds are shapped by what we read and who we worship.

We can never hope to be flawless. But as we seek the heart of God we can grow into his likeness. And that will be a great blessing to our families.

Warren Baldwin

(Note: photo is from Karli Bonnie Photography. Used by permission).


Terry said...

This is an excellent post, Warren. It's also from one of my favorite Psalms. Thanks!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

you just spoke volumes to me! I am desperately seeking to be like Him..