A Deceitful Heart
Okay, guys, when your kids leave home, that's NOT time for unplugging from life, kicking back, and just relaxing. Far from it! But even if your children are young, I want to cast a vision for how you can become a patriarch.
First, a patriarch is an influencer. He builds relationships and leads others through those relationships. Secondly, he's a protector. He protects future generations using Biblical truth. He protects them from the world's lies. Which means you and I need to better know God's Word and stay "in it." And third, he's a connector. He builds relationships with succeeding generations and he connects them to the past.
One final thought. Your family responsibilities are far from over when the last child leaves home. Just think of it as a transition to a new and exciting role God has for you: a patriarch.
I'm Dennis Rainey, I'm trying to become a patriarch, and that's Real FamilyLife.
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