Recently, I met with Dale Armstrong (Focus on the Family) who had received a copy of Take a Knee. Since receiving his copy, he and his son Daley (11 yrs. old) decided they would read a devotional together each day in their Jeep on the way to school. Then, they would look for opportunities to live out what they learned.
When Dale read “Day 2: The Invisible Man” about how to serve others, his son told him of a classmate who is battling cancer. “Dad,” he asked, “If I help my friend raise money for his medicine, is that serving him?” Dale assured him that would be an excellent thing to do. His son not only raised $300… but also shaved his head to support his friend! WOW!
What if all Dads followed the example set by Dale and his son? We would greatly impact our families and cities for Christ!
Sadly, most dads barely interact in such an engaging way with their kids. “The average family [Dad] spends 3.5 minutes in meaningful conversation with their children” (Phil Cooke, Branding Faith). Dads, we have to turn this trend around!
I challenge you to intentionally set aside time in your day to connect with your children in such an easy, yet powerful, way! Get a copy of Take a Knee for you and each of your children – whether they’re 13 or 30 – and commit to reading the daily devotionals together for 31 days, living out the applications as you go. I guarantee you that your relationships will be strengthened and The Lord will enrich your family.
Will you take up the challenge? Let’s lead the way!