Fatherhood CoMission Pay Tribute to Their Moms

Sunday is Mother’s Day.  You can thank us later for making sure you don’t forget Mom’s day.  Over the next few days, members of the Fatherhood CoMission will share some brief tributes to their moms.

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From Board Member, Brian Doyle, National Director of Iron Sharpens Iron

I can’t remember a time when I tried to see or call my Mom and she wasn’t available. She was there when I came home from school every day and wanted to hear all the details. She was there when I went away to college or started a new job. She was there when I changed jobs, sometimes when it was not my choice. She was there but with the appropriate space after getting married but with the same interest and unconditional love. She was there for my kids and became a person who was available for their phone call and visit.

In a world that values productivity and ingenuity and flash, my Mom was available to me from the early days of being her first born child to the very end. I knew where to find her and how to reach her. Her investment in being available made a mark that no other person could ever match. She has moved on to be with her Savior but I still know where she is and look forward to visiting with her again someday.

Brian

Privilege of Fatherhood

by Brian Doyle, Iron Sharpens IronThe privilege of Fatherhood-Leaving a family Legacy - Jonathan Edwards

One of the great privileges of fatherhood is our ability to live and leave a legacy.

New England is the home of one of our nation’s great spiritual leaders,  Jonathan Edwards. This great man is best known for his public ministry and the historic Great Awakening of the 1700’s. Almighty God used him in marvelous ways to stir people to respond to the Gospel message. Edwards left quite a legacy.

Edwards also had a family life. He married well. Sarah Edwards was a wonderful woman of God who served her God and her husband by sharing her practical wisdom. Sarah and Jonathan literally poured their lives into their eleven children. It was their number one priority. They did not delegate the responsibility of discipling their children to anyone else. Each day that he was home, Jonathan would help each family member and the servants rise before sunlight to pray and hear a chapter of the Bible read aloud. This Deuteronomy 6 in action. Jonathan Edwards was commited to sharing the Word of God to his children in his home as they rise up each day.

Although Edwards is best remembered for “The Great Awakening”; consider the legacy he and his wife have left through their eleven children and their children and the children that followed:

The Edwards Family Legacy

    • 300 Pastors or missionaries
    • 120 Professors
    • 110 Lawyers
    • 80 Public servants
    • 66 Physicians
    • 60 Prominent authors
    • 30 Judges
    • 14 University and college presidents
    • 3 United States senators
    • 3 Governors
    • 1 Vice President of the US

You and I may not have a lead role in the next great awakening, but we can partner with our wives in leaving a family legacy. Why not start this fall and follow Edward’s model of a morning devotional time. By the way, you can start after sunrise!

Psalm 78 urges us to be this type of man.

Ps 78:4-6   We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His Power and the wonders He has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which He commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.