I went to church recently and I must say I enjoyed it. My son and his girlfriend invited me. It was the first time in a long while my two boys were with me at church at the same time. While sitting in the parking lot waiting for service time, I watched folks pour in. Time and time again, I saw mothers laddened with diaper bags and children on their hips or holding their hands. There was no father in sight! To be honest it was a sad sight and gave me a lonely feeling.
Father’s who don’t assist the mother in teaching the children about God is rebelling against biblical teachings. It is the fathers job to make sure the children are taught about God. Unfortunately all too often the task falls to the mother or the child would never know what a Godly person is suppose to be.
Ephesians 6:4 Amplified Bible (AMP)
4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to the point of resentment with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by showing favoritism or indifference to any of them], but bring them up [tenderly, with lovingkindness] in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
A mother may not say she wants her husband at her side in church, but in reality she needs him. She needs the children to see the comittement to God that they share and what love is about. She needs to know that when she prays, she has a comrade at her side. She needs you to join in activities at church instead of sitting home watching t.v. If most mothers would admit it, they limit their activities at church to just going and rushing home because they feel badly about leaving the spouse alone.
Fathers if you don’t think the children notice, look again. Children are so in tune with what goes on around them. When children grow older, they begin to give mom fits about not wanting to go to church. Have you heard your children say, “Why can’t I stay home like daddy does?” I know it’s hard to drag up on Sunday mornings and get ready to go to church after working all week. Moms work all week too, without a paycheck. You can do it, you can make the difference in your childrens life and especially in the life of the mother of your childrens. She needs to feel your support just like she did when you first married.
The ball is in your court, are you going to run with it or sit there dribbling? Give it a try, you might find you actually enjoy this special time with the family that you were so blessed to recieve.