As I channel surfed, I came across the “Shaq Life” show. Curious, I stuck around. Interestingly enough, this one episode was on fatherhood.
In the episode, he alludes to the love and hate relationship he had with his father. He recounts the enormous influence of discipline in his upbringing due to his father’s military background. He also recounts the first time his father told him he loved him.
During that moment, I could see a restlessness still lingering in Shaq’s heart. This behemoth of a man with all his accomplishments and commanding presence is still deeply affected by his father’s words and memories.
As a son and father myself, I was reminded of the lasting influence a father can have or not have on his children. More importantly, it’s encouraging to know that although we may do our best, we will mess up, but we all have a heavenly father that never fails us. My hope is He use all of me, flaws and all, to raise godly children.
Man Up, Live Outtm:
Read and meditate on James 1:17-18 for yourself. Meditate on them, memorize them, do whatever it takes for them to sink in.
What is your view of a good father? Be real, be honest, and be vulnerable.
Considering you’re a father figure to someone, determine what kind of father you want tot be to that child. Journal the journey and/or share this with a fellow brother and have them hold you accountable.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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