COVID-19 has come to the World like a force to be reckoned with. It has forced us to look at life in ways that we never thought possible. We spend so much time now trying to make sure that we are safe from a virus we cannot see; that we lose sight sometimes of things that we can see. During this time of COVID-19 I have gotten myself to a point that I can’t focus on the things that I can not control. I have to focus on the things that I can. That brings me to my topic that we will be talking about today.
As fathers in this time of pandemic we must remain strong. We have to be strong for our families and the people around us. We have to allow them to know that we are with them and are there to stand with them through this time of uncertainty. It does not matter what your personal views about what is going on across the world are you have to do what your family feels like is going to keep them the most safe. I went through moments where I did not feel as if wearing a mask was necessary. However, I pay attention to my wife and see that she feels that it is. I see the she wants the children to wear one, so to ensure that I am not causing contradiction within my home I wear a mask. It will not hurt you even if you feel like it is not necessary to put one on. What got to me was my children asking mom “why isn’t daddy wearing a mask?”. She never really had an answer for it but it made the children not want to wear it because dad isn’t. It reminded me of a lesson that Paul was teaching to the Corinthians. He was telling them that even though no meat is unclean and you can eat all of it doesn’t mean you should if it will cause your brother to fall (paraphrasing). Meaning that even if I believe that my mask is not needed and I want to walk around without one doesn’t mean I should put my children at the same risk that I am willing to take.
This though is not all that we have to be aware of. When our children or our spouses are worried about what will happen to them are they going to be able to make it through this pandemic? The best thing that I have found to do is pray with them and for them about it. We can not predict the future but we can encourage them with a life of prayer. God has the ability to comfort us in a way that an ordinary parent can not. If we are showing our children that the power of prayer can be used in any situation of fear then we are teaching them a good lesson. We are teaching them when they are worried about something that they can turn to God in prayer. Fathers now is our time more than ever. Fathers now we have a chance to do something great in the lives of our families. We are able to prepare them for a life filled with the love of Christ Jesus. We can plant seeds that will grow in their hearts for years to come. Take this time during this pandemic to do something extraordinary with your family that they will remember for ever. Be a great dad.
Yours In Christ,
A Christian Dad