Patience

The Second Fundamental of a Long Obedience

In my last post, I mentioned to you that we as dads should exercise A Long Obedience in the Same Direction (title of a great book by Eugene Peterson). I highlighted that this long obedience involved three fundamentals. The first one we looked at is to show your child unconditional love.

Today our focus in on PATIENCE. (next post will be perseverance). Patience is a tough challenge for many dads because men are prone to want instant solutions – instant obedience.

But a child is not wired to give us instant results or instant obedience. At times, they will – but in most of our journey with our child we will experience times of great frustration that something is not “going right”.

In these times, when we are tempted to get angry, discouraged, or bitter, just ask yourself: “Do I always come through with the results that others want, finishing the task before me on time?

Hopefully, when you recognize that all people fall short, you will cut your child some slack. You will say to yourself, “Just have patience. Encourage them to do better next time – to give it their best shot.”

Each time you exercise such patience, you are building a more solid and close relationship with your child.

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