Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
It’s April Fool’s day. I’ve never been one that has taken to practical jokes, even on April Fool’s day. I have heard of some great jokes and others that are just plain mean. But, I want to talk about another kind of April Fool for the next three days leading up to Easter.
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If you’ve spent anytime reading this blog there are two things we hope you have been able to see. First, we are not perfect dads and don’t profess to be so. Second, we do profess faith in the One True Father and that is the underlying power for everyone who’s submitted an entry for this blog. We often talk about being a father without overtly discussing elements of our Christian faith. Yet, you’d be hard pressed (hopefully) to find anything that we have shared from our earthly experience as dads that we haven’t tried to base in our faith.
Given that premise, it’s our desire to share some things that more directly tie into our underlying faith as we lead up to the most significant day in the New Testament church–Easter.
The verse in Proverbs at the beginning of this post says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” This is not only biblical but practical as well. Yet, it seems to me that it is one of the hardest things for us to do as men. Get advice. Only when we reach the end of the rope will we let down our veneer and others inside our pain, our failings, our life. This happens to too many men. Is it true of you?
Throughout my life, I’ve been on both sides of this fence. I’m the guy that doesn’t want to ask for directions. I know it’s stereotypical, but it’s true for me. GPS has been a God send :). Yet, as I’ve walked through the years and experienced pain (much of it self inflicted), I’ve been thankful that there are a handful of men I can reach out to and know that they will be there for me. I’m not just looking for advice. I’m looking for wisdom from other men who care about me and who are grounded in their faith. It doesn’t mean they walk perfectly but they first love God and they’ve shown an intentional love for others.
Dads, it’s our desire that this blog is a place where you can hear from other ordinary dads/men who walk with an extraordinary God. We’ve made mistakes (some of which have been the fodder for DadPad blog posts and soon to be posts) and have experienced some success as men and dads. All of us would say that we’ve had others from whom we could seek advice. How about you? Are you an April Fool and only looking to yourself for advice or do you seek the wise counsel of others? To be the dads we need to be for our family, we hope it’s the latter for all of us.
Thought: What successes have you had in being advised by another wise man? What are the challenges of opening up to another? What are the consequences if you don’t?