I’m sure we’ve all have at least heard of “The Prodigal Son” and hopefully read that parable as well in the book of Luke. If you are a Dad, then this story probably resonates with you on many levels. Being there for your kids when they need you is important.
Luke 15:24 — “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’And they began to celebrate.”
When I read this parable, this is the verse that sticks out to me, “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”
Being There for Your Kids
If you are a Dad, you’ve probably had the situation arise that needs you to stand by and do nothing to fix the situation. That’s a role that most men do not gravitate toward since we tend to think of ourselves as “fixers.” But in the parable, you can read into the story and see that the Dad had to allow his youngest son to leave and live impetuously. Being there for your kids can manifest in different ways.
It’s taken me some time, but I had to learn to let my sons do some things on their own. They will learn more from that rather than having me always do it.
Supporting Your Kids
My youngest son just got married, and he did a great job of getting him and his wife ready for when they were moving into their apartment and asked for my input when he needed. He handled all the details and even dealt with the apartment staff when they tried to raise his rent by 50.00 per month. I remember sitting in the front seat while he was on the phone in the back seat with them. He was having none of it, and while I wanted to jump on the phone for him, he handled it like a pro.
My oldest son just bought a new car, and it was the first time I didn’t have to do all the research myself. He spent the time looking into what he wanted, asked for my input when needed and made his own decisions. It even involved a trade-in and required some work to be done to the car after the sale.
While I’m so happy that my wife and I have raised two well-rounded men of God that can handle all the details of life, I love that they know I’m here.
Being There When They Need You
In our verses, you see that the son didn’t have to yell to his Dad or send a message he was coming. The Dad was on watch for his son…as while he was still a long way off, his father saw him. He was being there for his kids!
Men, your children will have seasons when they need you all the time. They will have seasons when they may not require your help as much. Just because your children may not need you to handle all the details in their life, doesn’t mean they don’t still value your input when they need it. Enjoy that you have invested in their lives as they grew up. Be ready to run and embrace your children when needed.
Sons, you know that Dad stands on guard all the time. I’ve got your back and can still run when needed.
Author: Tj Todd is the creative director of UNCOMMEN and the CEO of Studio490 Creative Services.
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