I didn’t grow up having one-on-one time with my Dad. I really wish I had been able to. But that’s one of those things you don’t necessarily have control over. Not so with my boys!
The power of generational influence is huge. God’s original design for this was to have a father teach and influence his children so that they know more and can do more than he ever did. Then, when his children have children of their own, they are doing the same thing. The result is that each generation is further ahead and knows even more than the one before it. And each generation is passing on its legacy to the next.
What do you think the answer is to the question, “Is this happening today?” I know it’s happening, but not near to the degree that it should be. I want to do my part to change that. And that starts with how I raise my own children and how I influence them for the next generation.
It’s important for you to know that this cannot be done properly without God’s help. That’s intentional, too, by the way. And I’m glad it is! Why try to do something like that without His help? He’s the One who knows all about us anyway. After all, we’re made in His image.
My one-on-one time with my children is vital. It makes them more comfortable talking about uncomfortable things. And it helps them get to know their Dad better. It’s uncomfortable for me, too, but so worth it when I look at the Big Picture: I’m very thankful that my boys know that as they grow up through the roller coaster ride of adolescence, they can come to their Dad with any question or problem that they may run across. (They can come to their Mom, too, but who knows better what they’re going through or experiencing better than their Dad? And by the way, a mother’s influence with her daughters should be the same way as well.)
This can get in to other areas like mentorship, counseling, teaching and other related things. Those all have their equal importance and they can all effect the influencing of the next generation. In looking to keep this as simple as possible, however, I would recommend reading a book to start you in the right direction (if you’re needing that input). It’s entitled, “Preparing Your Son For Every Man’s Battle” by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker. The first half of the book is my focus for recommending it.
Whether you are a Mom or a Dad, single or married, with boys or girls or any combination thereof, the first half of the book will help you see the importance of one-on-one time and how to effectively implement it. From there, you can go to whatever source you’d want to for your children’s needs (if you have boys, the second half is right there for you to use to get you started).
I hope you are able to positively influence your children for the next generation. I pray God’s blessing on your efforts!