Dads and The Holidays

The holidays are upon us. What will you do to make sure this season isn’t wasted in consumerism and hurry?

1) Remember the purpose behind the holidays. It’s all about Jesus. It’s celebrated with friends and family. How is your focus?

2) What is your plan for making the holidays memorable? Your greatest memories have very little to do with WHAT you have done, but more to do with WHO you did it with. Who are the most important people in your life?

3) How’s your joy? The holidays can bring about some of the worst emotions in people. Depression gets darker. Anxiety tighten’s its paralyzing grip. Some of you may be feeling anxious about your finances. Just remember that the bible tells us not to be anxious for anything, but in all things, to make our requests known unto God. People can take out bottled up anger on those they love the most. How is your joy this holiday season?

4) How do you plan to help your wife get the house ready for the holidays? Its time to get your calendar ready. Take a day to have your family decorate the house for the holidays.

5) How can you make your daughter feel like a princess during this season? Take your daughter out for a daddy-date. Enjoy that time together. Talk to her. Be willing to listen to her. Teach her through your actions, and even through your conversation, how a man should treat her. You’ll be glad you took the time to instill these values in her.

6) What would be something fun and outdoors that you can do with your son? These days, so many boys need to connect with their masculine roots. This doesn’t happen in front of the XBox. Get outside. Take him hunting, sledding, or go cut down a Christmas tree (I’ve done that once and we had a great time). It will be a small investment on your part, that will leave an eternal memory for your son.

7) How will you be generous this holiday season? My family and I love to pick out a family to bless during the holiday season. We’ve also been involved in the Angel Tree program in past years. It refocuses you and your kids on the generosity of God the Father, when he gave his only Son. God is generous and that means we should be too.


About Chris Stevens

I'm an Elementary Principal, husband, father of three, and an imperfect follower of Christ. I have eight years experience at the Jr-Sr High level and 14 years experience speaking at various churches.
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