JOY OF FATHERHOOD
What are the two most important qualities of father excellence in teaching Lifeball to children?
My life experience in being a teacher/coach and a father, tell me children crave father figure leadership.
These past 3 weeks in Alaska, once again, youth of all ages amazed me as they sought adult male encouragement and quality leadership.
When young people find an adult worthy of being a leader there seems to be no limit of hard work they are willing to exert to gain a father figure. This is why children are delightful. A pure joy to coach and inspiration to keep coaching for years to come, Lord willing.
This brings me to what I consider to be the father, teacher, and coach’s, two most important qualifications:
1. PTR – proven track record over an extended period of time. Tell us your track record.
2. WOBI – worthy of being imitated. The best way to teach is imitation. Just watch very young ones by the pool. Parents hesitant to get the child to put their face in the water. Other very young children show up with their parents and these kids are splashing and going under water. Soon the fearful child is imitating those braver children.
Frederick Douglass had it right when he said, “It is better to train up a child right, than to fix a broken adult.”
Children hunger for father figures. No question, to have PTR and WOBI is not only a worthy ambition; it is so challenging it forces all who aspire to seek the Lord’s guidance and leadership to receive His strength. Philippians 4:13 comes to mind, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
If God is for us and we trust Him, He will give us the power to have PTR and WOBI.