Reading:  Ephesians 6:4
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.


In ancient Greece, the ideal man was the thinker, the philosopher. In China, the ultimate man was the sage, the scholar. In the middle ages, the great men were architects and builders. In the sixteenth century, the preeminent man was the artist. In nineteenth century England, he was the man of letters. In the twentieth century, he was the warrior, giving way to the statesman. At the same time, we witnessed the rise of the industrialist who gave way to the entrepreneur.

In historical perspective I have not been able to accurately define an age where the ideal man was embodied in fatherhood. Perhaps we can catch a glimpse of exalted fatherhood in a small pocket of history in America. Perhaps in the fifties, when post-war America determined to build a better world for her children. Right or wrong, our best intentions were lost in countless hours of overtime, absence from the crib-side, and negligence in spiritual training.

We’ve produced a better light bulb, bigger business, greater opportunity, global communications, pills and cures, and a better education. Yet, something is lacking. Oh, for a generation of fathers who give themselves to produce better sons and daughters.


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