Notes From The Field

Notes From The Field
June 22, 2011 Editor


Five Godly Ways to Be a Good Dad

Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church states,

“One of the greatest joys in my life is being a dad to my kids. Over the years, I’ve learned many lessons about being a dad, but one of the most important is that in order to be a good dad, you must be a good Christian.”

“By being a good Christian, you develop a relationship with your heavenly Father, the perfect Dad, that informs everything you do as a dad. And by cultivating a deep understanding of the Scriptures, you grow in wisdom, grace, and ability to raise your kids well and to the glory of God.”

Here are some practical ways to love your kids like God, our Father, loves us:

1. Delight in your kids before discipline.
2. Protect your kids by fearing God.
3. Be a man for your kids and live righteously.
4. Work hard for your kids.
5. Create a legacy for your kids.

Mark goes into detail on each of his five points, so click here to read the full article.

The righteous who walks in his integrity—
blessed are his children after him! -Proverbs 20:7


Pro Golfer K.J. Choi Believes in Giving Back

Golf is how K.J. Choi makes his money. Donations are how he likes to spend a lot of it.

“I believe in sharing,” says Choi, a pro golfer from South Korea who gave away over $300,000 that he earned on this year’s PGA Tour. “A lot of people make money but we all live in a society where we need to share.”

He has pledged $200,000 of the $1.71 million that he won at last month’s Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida to victims of the deadly tornadoes that recently struck the American South.

He’s known around the clubhouse for showing his appreciation. “He thanks everybody. He thanks the golf course superintendent, the tournament host but he also thanks God,” says Hack. “He’s not afraid to talk about his beliefs.”

Choi has a reputation for being a devout Christian. He and his family are members of the Dallas Korean United Methodist Church in Texas.

“The Lord has been good to me and he has provided a lot for me so this is my way to return of all the things that he has given to me,” he says.

Read the full article on CNN here.


Kids Need to Roughhouse with Dad

Alert reader Tyler Pettis points us to a great article that clearly shows that fathers roughhousing with their young children is crucially important in the early development of kids.

“Rough and tumble play between fathers and their young children is part of their development, shaping their children’s brain so that their children develop the ability to manage emotions and thinking and physical action altogether,” said Fletcher. “This is a key developmental stage for children in that preschool area between the ages of about two and a half and five. That’s when children learn to put all those things together.”

Researchers believe that the most important aspect of this play is that it gives children a sense of achievement when they ‘defeat’ a more powerful adult, building their self-confidence and concentration. However, fathers who resist their children, can also teach them the life lesson that, in life, you don’t always win. The act of a stronger adult holding back that strength also helps to build trust between father and child.

Read the full article here.



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