Monday, November 02, 2015

The Good Father 2015 Chapter II

In all of my five Bible classes, we discuss my belief that God chose Joseph as carefully as Mary to be the earthly father of Jesus. Some kids think that Jesus would have been  Jesus no matter what but the angel told her that she was highly favored and not some random Jewish teenage girl. This week, as we learn The Lord's Prayer, we note it starts with Our Father. On Friday, my high school students wrote an in-class paper describing what they believe makes a good father. Here are some of their thoughts, boys in blue and girls in pink. We will do this for several consecutive days. All are used with permission.

A good father is humble and not self centered. A good father should not be possessive but nurturing. It is not right for a father to make decisions and pave the path for his child but he should instead aid them to be strong and successful in whatever they choose. A father should be flexible towards his child and make them a priority. An absent father is a bad father. Fathers need to bring happiness and joy to their precious children. They need to comfort them and help them grow into a righteous person. A father should keep his children away from the evil things in this world. Most of all, a father must love his children and find happiness in their happiness and well-being. -Mitchell

A great father is family oriented; that's the essence of being a father. He finds fulfillment and joy with his family. Good fathers prioritize their family and keep them secondary with God as Number One. Also, he is a protector and provider who must be full of patience and unashamed to admit his mistakes. He loves his family unconditionally and would do anything for them. A good father is selfless, generous, gracious, trustworthy,  forgiving, and humble. But most importantly, a good father exemplifies the fruits of the Spirit, lives in the image of God, and does everything for His glory. -Annaliza

A good father is a man who is around his wife and kids. He disciplines his children and teaches them how to be successful. He also needs to be able to comfort his family when needed. A good father will provide for his family at all times and never leave them. A good father is a role model everyone can look up to for guidance. -Miles

A great father is a very Godly man who teaches his children the ways of Jesus. A great father is intelligent and provides for the family. A great father sets the best examples physically, socially, and spiritually for his children. A great father pushes you to try your hardest and demands your best in everything you do. A great father is protective and always has your back. A great father loves his family unconditionally. A great father is funny and can make you laugh, even when you have had a bad day. A great father is your biggest supporter and your # 1 fan. A great father will go to the ends of the world make sure you are happy. A great father wants to spend time with you and cherishes every moment together. A great father will never abandon or stop loving his family. A great father will never hurt his family. A great father will die for you. -Marissa

A good  father is a hero to the people who need him. He is always there when his child needs him. He will take time from his job or his personal day to spend it with his family. A good father encourages what his child decides and accepts it with a smile. A good father disciplines his child when they are wrong but will still love them with all of his heart. An awesome father is a father who would move mountains, stop bullets, and show unconditional love to his family. A great father loves Jesus and goes to church when he can. I love my father. -Xzavier

A good father is a man who loves his children and his family without default. He will always put them first in everything he does and will make sure they know it. He will be kind and caring and yet strong and firm. You will be able to look up to him and want to emulate him in all aspects of your life. A Godly man, you will look to him for spiritual guidance as he will be a reflection as a follower of Jesus Christ. He will be responsible and respectable, and he will always set a great example for his children. He will always be there to advise and help in whatever they need. -Roseline

God bless,
Luke 18:1
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