Father, forgive them – a dad’s lesson in parenting

I’m blogging over at Family Life’s Stepping Up blog today. Here’s an excerpt on an important lesson I learned raising my kids that was written years ago for the DadPad blog. 

I had lunch this week with Dave, a friend of mine and father of three adult children. The topic of this blog came up so I asked, “What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned as a dad?” Dave’s answer was profoundly succinct, “Expect less, love more.”

Father, forgive them


As I reflected upon his advice, I remembered Jesus’ prayer on the cross, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Now that’s expecting less and loving more!

Then it hit me. When it came to my kids—and many of my other relationships—I bought into another similar sounding message: “Expect more, pay less.” It’s the slogan of Target Corporation and it’s been heavily advertised into my heart.

[Continue reading on the Stepping Up website.]

What are some of the lessons you’ve learned as a parent?

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