THIS FATHER’S DAY IT MIGHT BE BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE
This Father’s Day, dads should take a walk through the Bible with their sons and daughters—thus, not only receiving, but giving, to drive home some important points at this most celebrated time of the year. Asking them for just an hour of their full attention (a gift to you) so that you can begin to highlight the following books or passages of scripture with them (a gift to them):
1. Read the book of Proverbs, which speaks out against sloth or slack and in favor of being diligent and hardworking.
2. Read Paul’s warning in 2 Thessalonians 3:10: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
3. Read about the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30, which talks about God’s expectations regarding the abilities He has given us.
4. Review Paul’s counsel that equates work with serving the Lord, not men (Colossians 3:23-24).
5. Review sins that pertain to the marketplace—pilfering (Titus 2:9-10); slackness (2 Thessalonians 3:11-12); being a man-pleaser (Colossians 3:22).
6. Study “the wife of noble character” in Proverbs 31:10-31, who “works with eager hands” and “gets up while it is still dark” and is “clothed with strength and dignity.”
7. Read Genesis 2:2, where God rested after His work. Keep the Sabbath a day set apart for rest, Sunday Mass and family.
And then, for Thought and Discussion, share the following …
1. In Stephen Covey’s book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, he provides an entirely new paradigm of delegation, called “Green and Clean.” The idea is to train our sons and daughters to be stewards who are trusted, their own boss governed by a conscience committed to agreed-upon results. Ask them how will such an approach help prepare your son or daughter for the workplace?
2. Ask them how does the Indian proverb “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime” apply to the task of preparing our son or daughter for the workplace?
3. Covey says, “No amount of technical administrative skill in laboring. . . can ever make up for a lack of nobility of personal character. . . . It is at a very essential, one-on-one level that we live the primary laws of love and life.” Ask them, “Do you agree?” Why or why not.
1. Stephen Covey (New York, N.Y.: Simon & Schuster, 1990), pp. 174-176.
About the Author
Michael O’Donnell, Ph.D. is the Chief Stewardship Officer with Catholic Charities—the social service arm of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs. Catholic Charities provides help and creates hope for people who are poor and vulnerable in our area through the efforts of a wide range of programs and services. He also serves as the Counselor Referral Coordinator for the Diocese.
Michael (an Episcopal/Anglican priest) is married to Rachel, a principal with The Classical Academy, and they have two grown children—Patrick and Kayla. They have been married for 25 years and in 1991 lost an infant daughter, Cara, to a birth defect. Home from Oz (Word) and The Oz Syndrome (Hillcrest) were books that Michael penned shortly after her death that helped him to process her early passing.
The author or co-author of nearly 10 books, Michael’s latest book, What a Son Needs from His Dad (Baker/Bethany House Publishers), has already–in just a few months–gone into its 2nd printing. This article was also published in the June 2012 issue of the Colorado Catholic Herald.
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