The call to be a servant-leader is tough. No one gets it all right, and certainly no one gets most of it right overnight. It’s a life plan — a way of living you grow into with practice and time. Here are 25 suggestions, men, for being a servant-leader in your home.
1. Include your wife in envisioning the future2. Accept spiritual responsibility for your family3. Be willing to ask forgiveness and apologize to your family4. Discuss household responsibilities with your wife; are they fairly distributed?5. Consult your wife on major financial decisions6. Follow through on the commitments you make to your wife7. Anticipate and prepare for the different seasons your marriage will pass through8. Anticipate and prepare for the different stages your children will pass through9. Frequently tell your wife what things you like about her10. Provide financially for your family’s basic needs11. Move past distractions so you can talk to your wife and kids12. Pray with your wife regularly13. Initiate meaningful family traditions14. Plan fun things for the whole family15. Give your children practical instruction about life to build their confidence16. Manage the schedule of the family and anticipate pressure points17. Keep out of debt18. Draw up a will and arrange a well-conceived plan in case of your death19. Let your wife and kids into the interior of your life20. Honor your wife in public21. Explain sex to your children in a way that gives them a wholesome perspective22. Encourage your wife to grow as an individual23. Take the lead in establishing biblically-supportable family values24. Join a group of men dedicated to improving their skills as men, husbands, and fathers25. Provide time for your wife to pursue her own personal interests
*Robert Lewis, The Men's Fraternity Bible (Nashville: B&H, 2007).
Which one of these (or maybe several of these) do you need to work on to become a stronger servant-leader in your home?
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