Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
A man by the name of Donohoe penned the following will July 1, 1935. “Unto my two daughters, Frances Marie and Denise Victoria, by reason of their unfilial attitude toward a doting father.… I leave the sum of $1 to each and a father’s curse. May their respective lives be fraught with misery, unhappiness, and poignant sorrow. May their deaths be soon and of a lingering, malign and torturous nature. May their souls rest in hell and suffer the torments of the damned for eternity.”
What kind of legacy are you leaving your family? Will you leave your children a blessing or a curse? It is getting harder and harder these days, with the pressure of the culture we live in, to honestly say as Joshua did, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. But you must.
If you are a father, you carry a tremendous amount of influence. Your spiritual decisiveness is a key factor here. Your leadership in this area is the only thing that will counteract the worldly influences that are competing for the heart of your wife and children.
If you waver or let your family’s spiritual development just happen by default, there will be a high price to pay. A decision must be made, and it must be made by you.
James 1:6–8 “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
Today’s Biblical Manhood Principle: Be spiritually decisive and lead your family.