When Daddy’s Home
I’ve always said in my talks and blogs – fathers never underestimate your value as a father. Your influence does not only affect your kids but it can go down to your great great grandkids. Take the example of Jonathan Edwards. Born in 1703, Jonathan became a pastor, writer, the president of Princeton. He and his wife had 11 children. Of his known male descendants, here are some of their achievements:
– more than 300 became pastors, missionaries or theological professors.
– 120 were professors at various universities
– 110 became lawyers
– 60 were prominent authors
– 30 were judges
– 14 served as presidents of universities and colleges
– 3 served in the US congress
– one became the vice president of the United States of America.
Although Jonathan Edwards was known for his daily regimen of 13 hours in the study – and despite his busy schedule – he made it a habit to come home and spend one hour each day with his children.
He knew his priorities. He focused on relationships that matters. He played out his role as a great husband and father. When I grow up I want to be like Jonathan Edwards.