A father figure is without question the single most significant influence on the spiritual life of his children. The statistical data from three major studies in recent years is overwhelming. If the father is involved in a church and is growing spiritually, the likelihood of the child doing the same skyrockets. If Mom goes to church alone with the kids, the chances plummet.
Men, kids' pathway to God runs straight through you. If you roll your eyes when prayer is mentioned, so will the children watching you. If you close your eyes and speak of how dependent you are on God for his power and grace, kids will be more apt to include prayer in their lives.
Read God's Word regularly. Share with children in your life what God is teaching you.
Be involved in a church. Be your wife's biggest encourager. Talk to God and ask for His wisdom in parenting.
Little eyes are watching. Little ears are listening. As Albert Schweitzer said, "Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing." If you want to produce the real thing, you must be the real thing.
Check your priorities. Be intentional.
Slow down. Step up.
Get in the picture.
When you look back years from now, both you and your family will be glad you did.
Adapted from TCW article "A Father's Gifts" by Dave Stone.