Saturday, October 15, 2016

Spiritual Leader in the Home

What does it mean for a man to be the spiritual leader in the home? It's one thing to talk about it theologically, but how to live it out is a different story. Confusing. I meet women who are frustrated that their husbands don't step it up spiritually with their kids. Do they nag, suggest, plead? Do they give up and take over anything spiritual with the kids?

I think a lot of men just don't know what to do. They didn't see spiritual leadership modeled as they were growing up. What do they do, when do they do it, how, where??? 

I just read a great article that helped me understand what it might look like for an authentic guy to be a spiritual leader to his kids. Read One Crowning Moment, an article with Casting Crown's Mark Hall and see what you think. Mark was asked what it means to be the primary spiritual developer in a child's life.

Well, I’ll tell you what it means to most dads. It means when we hear that, we hear “you’re not qualified.” Because most dads do not feel they know enough about the Bible.

Reading those words made me sad to think guys feel that way -- unqualified. Mark had some good ideas in his article. I hope you'll read it and think about how you might encourage your guy that he doesn't have to be a theological giant. He just needs to be himself. He just needs to try. And he will be your hero and a hero to your kids.