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The Joy Of Being A Dad

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

We have so many reasons to be grateful. Let’s celebrate this week.

The moment I met my first child, I specifically remember thinking, “What a gift! What a miracle!” I was blown away by the way God uses nature and humans to create new humans—little miracles. “God you made that little child through us…wow!”

But my second thought was, “Oh God, you are entrusting me with this miracle? Me? I can’t even be trusted to drive a car well, and you are giving me a boy? You love my wife and me so much that you are giving us another human to love and raise?”

I was so excited to hold him and to introduce him to our friends and family in the waiting room. That moment was like no other moment I had ever had. And then God kept giving us more miracles…some we planned (we thought) and some (gulp) total surprises. As dads, there are so many things to be grateful for as we consider what we have been given. This Father’s Day, I encourage you to celebrate being a dad for these three reasons:

 


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The Faithful Follower

Is Loved by God

● Gives up control of his life to Christ
● Lives his life faithfully in response to the gospel
● Saved by grace
● Leads a joyful life
● Lives with God’s promises in mind
● Is completely committed
● Studies God’s Word

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5th Grade - The Seven Virtues of Manhood

At PDS, we want every boy to learn what it really means to be a man. That’s why we wrote The 7 Virtues of Manhood, which walks boys through each of the virtues and shows them what the virtues look like in daily life — at school, with friends, at home, and with God.

Each month, 5th-grade boys are reading that chapter for that month’s virtue — you can see what this month’s virtue is above.

The Seven Virtues of Manhood

 

6th Grade - Flight Plan

To equip boys as they grow into men, PDS spent the past 20 years developing Flight Plan, a clear, candid guidebook that unpacks what godly manhood is and what it looks like in daily life — in peer pressure, puberty, grades, dating, and more.

  • Chapter 01: Prepare For Takeoff - September 5
  • Chapter 02: The Six Myths Of Manhood - September 19
  • Chapter 03: The Seven Virtues - October 17
  • Chapter 04: Finding Your True Friends - October 31
  • Chapter 05: Resisting Peer Pressure - November 14
  • Chapter 06: The Dangers Of Alcohol And Drugs - December 12
  • Chapter 07: Relationships And Dating - January 16
  • Chapter 08: Understanding Puberty - January 18
  • Chapter 09: Purity And Porn - January 23
  • Chapter 10: Screens, Stories, And Songs - February13
  • Chapter 11: Loving Your Family - February 27
  • Chapter 12: Why School Matters - March 20
  • Chapter 13: Targeting True Success - April 3
  • Chapter 14: Cleared For Take Off - April 24

You can explore more Flight Plan resources for you and your son — like discussion questions, life skill infographics, and action steps — at flightplan.org. Just go to flightplan.org/takeoff to create your account.

Flight Plan