Christ in our families, our work places and our churches. 3. Develop Consistent Communication Communication is key to life and as men, sometimes we are not the best communicators. We must be intentional in developing our communication skills with our wives and our children. It is imperative to create an environment where open communication is not only tolerated, but encouraged. That sounds easy to do, but believe me it takes a real intentionality. It takes a lot of self-control to create an environment where we don’t jump to conclusions when our kids try to tell us something they are struggling with. But if we control our emotions and assure our children they can come to us with anything, it will create a strong child-parent relationship that will benefit our children, and our children’s children, and every generation to come. After all—children learn what they live. We can tell them all day long to be honest with us and to open up, but if we react in anger or shut down when they come to us, they are living without the blessing of true communication. Dr. Cole said when communication stops, abnormality sets in. Abnormality is an open a door for the enemy to run through, and should be fought against at all times. 4. Be Present Where ever you are….be there. In this era overloaded with technology, it’s so easy to physically be at dinner with your family, but
be somewhere else on your phone. Even church services are not immune; the distractions of social media and the convenience of helpful apps sometimes tear your focus away from the message, and from the community experience of worship. Your job as the head of the home, is to make being intentionally be engaged in the moment a visible priority in your life. Let the children see that you leave your phone at home when you take your wife out for a date. When you come home from work, go to each member of the family and say hello—connect with them and let them see that you are available for them. If your wife starts to leave her bible at home during service, choosing instead to use the app on her phone, carry it for her next week, just to be of service and show that you value her presence. Make a conscious effort to actively listen and make eye contact. You’ll start seeing God in so many overlooked places and situations. Your relationship with Him will grow, and your testimony will build on itself. Continued on page 32
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