As a single father, have you ever considered any of the following questions:
Do I hold fast to solid, biblical virtues?
As a single father, what levels of excellence am I representing when it comes to raising my children in Christ?
Am I ready and willing to stand before God and rise to a higher calling for me and my family?
These surely are tough to answer, perhaps even intimidating—but they don’t have to be. Life can be overpowering at times, but I believe every God-fearing father can boldly raise his children in Christ the way God commands us to. Single fathers are not exempt from this. Below are the vows of the Resolution from the movie Courageous—with a bit of a single dad twist. I encourage you to contemplate living out this Resolution and the eternal blessings it could produce in your life—as well as the lives of your children.
I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children.
Although you are not currently married, as a single father, you have the full responsibility for the care of yourself and the safekeeping of your children—accountable to God as much as anyone else is.
I will love them, protect them, serve them and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home.
God has placed a specific calling on fathers (married or single) to bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:7, Ephesians 6:4).
I will bless my children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength.
Jesus said this is the greatest commandment of all. As a single father, you have an amazing opportunity to teach your children a strong faith by not allowing circumstances to shake yours. Also, ask any adult how many times their father blessed them. It will be minimal. A father’s blessing is one of the greatest gifts he can ever bestow upon his children—you can begin this today (Numbers 6:24-26).
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This post was originally written by Matt Haviland, founder and director of A Father’s Walk—a single dad ministry and appeared on Crosswalk.