“…The biggest responsibility the father has, I believe, is to keep the family together, as a family unit….”

Fatherhood….the role of the Father. No one needs me to throw my two-cents in on Fatherhood. While I am a Father, I claim no fame for the status, except that it is what God destined me to be. Mistakes? Yes…..many? Probably, but I hope not…too many. The real father in my family has been my dearest bride. She shouldered many, too many, fatherly duties, while I was trying to get educated, trying to secure a career and a future, and trying to support us all in a style in which I felt they deserved. There was a price to pay for all of that. My price was giving up part of my fatherhood. Thank God for my sweet wife, who taught my boys how to play baseball, took them to practice, and to games, etc., on for me to show up at half-time…if I was lucky. The biggest responsibility the father has, I believe, is to keep the family together, as a family unit. To provide for their welfare, for sure, but more importantly….to provide them a secure home environment; and to show your children and spouse the RESPECT and LOVE that they deserve.  To provide an environment in which the family is taught the values, ethics, standards, and confidence to bring about the same environment for their own families. The father should teach the entire family the “word-of-God.” And, the best way to do that…is for the father to “know the word of God.” You cannot teach it, if you don’t know it. God has given us the spiritual instincts, and it’s our duty to recognize them and to “share” those instincts, or better known as “the gospel” of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I might “suggest” one way in which to do that is this: obtain a book, a Bible, which has “only” the words of Jesus Christ in it. Learn those words, live by those words, share those words, and teach those words… not just to your children and family, but to all those around you. We can do that by living a life…. According to Christ. If you, the FATHER, do not have Christ in your heart….you cannot teach, or share, Christ with others. Prepare, first, yourself. Ephesians 6:4 – Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the LordTitus 2:1-15 But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.  And, a word to those men who are not father’s… you have an opportunity and a responsibility…to be a Father to people… children, nieces, nephews, children of friends, god-children, etc.  Seek this opportunity to be a Father to all of God’s children.  Happy Father’s Day to all of God’s Father’s…Blessings…. Cjlb….6/15/14

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About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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