My friend Mike McAvoy is a pastor at Open Arms Community Church. I love the way he breaks down biblical truth and reframes it in ways that make sense – even if you do not subscribe to the same belief system. Many of the things I’ve learned from Mike have had a big impact on my life – but I want to share this one with you.
A Thermometer measures the temperature in the room. It is reactive. A Thermostat sets the temperature in the room. It is Pro-Active. Be a Thermostat.
The truth is that we Dad’s set the temperature of our homes – if we’re grumpy – everyone is grumpy. (Preaching to myself here folks!)
But more importantly – if we are reacting to the stress, if we are reacting to our kid’s mouthiness, if we are reacting to our frustrations with our wives, then we are operating in such a way that we are causing damage. We’re not supposed to measure the temperature – we’re supposed to set it!
Instead of REACTING to the stress of the situation – we need to be PROACTIVE – that means takign the time to think ahead and try to prevent it. It means when a situation occurs, our approach is to offer solutions, not complaints!
Tune in Next Week, for Welcome To Daddyhood: Be a Better Man
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