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Wednesday, November 06 2019

6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Malachi 4:6  (KJV)

I often wonder why God inspired Malachi to write these words? I also wonder why it is the final 
verse in the Old Testament before 400 years of silence?

I wonder if God thought He would give us 400 years to get our act together…or else?

I think maybe God was describing a  world distracted...where households void of the spiritual leadership 
from the dad, becomes the norm and where chaos would prevail.

So I ask the question, “What if there were no dads?" No grandads, no uncles, no DAD figures? 
A world void of men, biological fathers or not, totally extinct from any paternal responsibilities?

Picture this world…What if...
No dads in the hospital passing out bubble gum cigars upon the birth of their child, no dads sharing diaper duty, loading the car seats, no dads to tuck their kids in bed at night.

What if…
no dads available for “donuts for dads” at school, no dads to escort daughters to the father-daughter dance or none to accompany their son’s a father-son camp out.

What if…
no dads in the stands for their kids games, none to be seen present, to fill the auditoriums for piano recitals. No dads to pick up kids after last night events. No dads to design and build a train track in the garage.

What if…
no dads to be there for graduations, birthdays, celebrations. No dads to give away their daughters one day... No dads to one day become grandads. No words to be spoken by children at funerals about a legacy left behind.

What if there were no more dads? 
A world full of men, where the only expectation placed upon them was to simply 
produce more children. 

Men, we are so close to this very bleak picture.  We are in a crisis. Our families are in a crisis.
If we lose our dads…we lose our families. 
If we lose our families, we lose our country.

The numbers are staggering and statistics show:
- 65 percent of all our children are growing up without a father in the home. 
- One third of our babies live in poverty.
- When a child grows up without a father, they are 20 times more likely to end up in prison. 

Poverty and fatherlessness is without a doubt a contributing factor to current societal issues. 
Data shows the number of unmarried women giving birth is in an upward spiral. 
 In 2008, 41 percent of births involved unmarried women compared with 28 percent in 1990. 
This information shows the digression of the family unit, and the decreased level of commitment among men 
to engage in as the husband and father to their family. 
Currently, an estimated 24.7 million children (33%) live without their dad.
The epidemic is not only evident in the unwed partners, but divorce contributes as well to the troubling effect upon children. Children of divorce without enough dad contact are prone to have poor social skills; to struggle with the five D’s (depression, drugs, drinking, discipline and delinquency); be suicidal; be less able to concentrate;  and to be aggressive but not assertive.

Raising DADs…is the motivation and drive behind DAD U. 
I know most of you reading this are strive every day fulfilling the God given blessings of being a DAD.

To God be the glory!

“Get in the game”…Today is game day and so is every day…God gives you! 
So…C’mon men...
Suit Up!

Posted by: Jeff Springer AT 04:40 am   |  Permalink   |  Email