Living the #DADLIFE

The #dadlife is a lot of things - from the funny to the mundane to the downright depressing. Just take it from a few of these dads!

Despite what our kids or even our culture may believe, the #dadlife is more than being 'the boss',  'the man', knowing it all or being the 'guy on the couch.' Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4 that there are plenty of people ready to simply tell others what to do - he calls them 'instructors' - but not many fathers.

What's the difference? Here are 5 Things from 1 Corinthians 4 that will help you live the #dadlife.

1 | The #dadlife is an invested life. Biological, adopted, or chosen kids are a blessing, a responsibility, and a gift! We are trusted with faithful management of God's kids. We're faithful with what God has given us by investing in them - raising them up to multiply/raise others up. It's what God says 'Well done, good & faithful servant' to! Check out 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 and Matthew 25:23-26.

2 | The #dadlife is a life lived with integrity. Most of us have heard (or even said) at some point the infamous parent quote - "Do as I say, not as I do." In 1 Corinthians 4:6, Paul says that everything he is instructing others to do he has first 'applied to himself.' Dads don't just tell others how to live, they set the example by how they live. Before you go thinking you have to be perfect to be a great dad, remember: the #dadlife isn't about perfection, it's about your direction. How do you respond when you mess up? How are you learning, growing, and changing? 

3 | The #dadlife is an involved life. Change a few diapers, pick up after a few playdates, and get involved in some teenage drama... you'll find out quickly that being involved is messy business. Humble service always is. It's difficult. It's inconvenient. It's... messy. But it's exactly what God (our Father) did/does for us, and the life we're called to live in following Jesus. Check out everything Paul went through in 1 Corinthians 4.

4 | The #dadlife is an intentional life. Paul left a legacy by intentionally investing his life - how he lived - in others. It's what enabled him to send Timothy to remind others of his ways! What 'ways' are you passing on? Show them by living it out in front of them and alongside them!