It was one of the best days I have ever had. I had conquered one of the most difficult mountain trails and then sat on a jagged summit boulder looking out over the sky until I noticed the position of the sun.
I started to panic because I was well over 7 miles away from my car. The wilderness was steep and rocky, and also contained bears. My day became a race against time to get myself out of the woods before losing the light. It took all my energy to get out before nightfall. Anything less could have been a disaster. Being a dad requires the same type of sold-out commitment. Here are 4 ways to leave everything on the field for your family.
1. Emotional Balance
When we fly off the handle in anger or allow fear to stifle our movement, it leads to bad outcomes in our parenting. Before reacting in tough situations, take moments to breathe, reflect, and absorb. Doing so can eliminate negative parenting mistakes, such as reacting overly harsh to our kids on those occasions they are challenging. Balance requires determination, effort, and practice, so keep at it until emotional stability becomes a habit.
2. Marriage Fidelity
Sexual monogamy in marriage goes beyond religious and moral reasons. When partners are unfaithful, it leads to lost trust, feelings of guilt, and resentment. The relationship with your partner has to be anchored and bonded by a full commitment to each other and to the family you’re building. This does not come easy to all men and a choice has to be made. Choose your family.When partners are unfaithful, it leads to lost trust, feelings of guilt, and resentment.
3. Fiscal Responsibility
Raising a family has never been cheap and the costs just keep increasing. The goal is to keep large debts from accumulating to the point they begin to corrode the foundations of your family structure. To do that, it requires we practice prudent financial responsibility and make decisions based on the best interest of the family future, and not on what we desire in the moment. Putting ourselves second is not instinct. It’s a chosen commitment to the betterment of the family we lead.
4. Time Management
We need to be aware of how we are allocating and managing our time if we want successful outcomes. Each aspect of our lives including marriage, parenting, work, and outside interests wants as much of us as we can give. So, we have to prioritize and be committed to a structure that produces the best results for our family as a whole. We can’t afford to be lazy. Don’t waste a moment.