Monday, June 12, 2006

Fathering the fatherless: Nine practical suggestions

From "Caleb's Promise":

  1. Frame the issue so it's personal. Allow God to turn your heart toward a real child.
  2. Ask God for eyes to see and ears to hear the need in your local context.
  3. Take the initiative to reach out to the specific child, and his/her family, in creative ways.
  4. Hold onto the relationship for the long-term.
  5. Endure the down-times, misbehavior, and possible resentment that you're not biologically related.
  6. Resist the urge to preach all the time. Meeting felt needs by being present and involved goes much farther than having all the right answers.
  7. Invest in their future by exposing them to and even financing educational and professional opportunities.
  8. Notice and praise both their character and achievements.
  9. Guide them through life's milestones: school graduations, adolescence, first crushes, weddings, etc.


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