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Faith! On LinkedIn?
I know what you’re thinking, “Faith on LinkedIn. Blegh, what is this jerk going to tell me about? To give away my business and lose money.” The answer is quite the opposite.
- Have you ever come home looked at your wife and kids and wished you were at work?
- Have you ever had your kids look at you wanting something from you but you had no idea what?
- Have you ever thought I wish I knew how to engage with my kids, so that they actually like me and I like them?
Answering these questions is what Faithful Fatherhood is all about.
Fatherhood not fathering
Rabbi Rutenberg wrote this excellent book about parenthood, not parenting. She wrote to inform us how the seemingly low position of parenting can actually evolve our theology in exciting ways. Rather than giving us parenting methodology, she gave us work to do on ourselves and for ourselves.We create relationships where our families surround us, support us, and then we look forward to coming home. Click To Tweet
Likewise, I am writing about Fatherhood, not fathering. If you want parenting tips I can give them, and they might be peppered throughout my writing. However, if you want to engage your family at home you have to do the work. You have to customize it. I can only catalyze. I can only show you how to begin. Then we go deeper. We create relationships where our families surround us, support us, and then we look forward to coming home.
Because we have a place and purpose at home. That place, that identity, it is born out of our faith.
Now I am sure that word faith ruffles a lot of feathers, but faith is simply what you believe and then act on. While I go to church every week, I can tell you the faith of most of my fellow attendees is more wrapped up in Tennessee Football. They just need to activate that faith to generate the type of relationships they want in their family.
Once we activate our faith, we apply it to our fatherhood. Our fatherhood is wrapped up in three things. Our relationship with our spouse. Our relationship with our children. Finally, the relationship with our work. Work may mean you aren’t the primary breadwinner. It may mean you aren’t even paid. But it is an important piece of fatherhood.Our fatherhood is wrapped up in three things: our relationships with our spouse, children, and work. Click To Tweet
I am launching here, on LinkedIn, because I want to reach men who work, are parents, and have a spouse (even if estranged). I want to help you find your place at home. The answer lies in applying your faith to your fatherhood.
Follow along the journey because we are going to talk about the serious business of fatherhood. Your career might just depend on it.
See if fatherhood is composed of family and work, then if the family suffers, eventually work will suffer. Likewise, if work suffers, family will suffer.Your family life is incredibly important to your work. Click To Tweet
Business coach and bestselling author Michael Hyatt’s whole tagline is to win at work and home. Hyatt helps you organize your work to succeed in the relationships that matter most at home. He is definitely worth a follow.
I take the same approach from the opposite end. I want you to succeed at home, so you can win at work. Hyatt’s process definitely shows more immediate results, but if you continuously fail at home then it will show up at work. You might spend more time at the office on the front end, receiving job promotions, more money, power, and responsibility. But I ask you this question?
Who will you spend it on? What will you do if your family has abandoned you as you have abandoned them?
That’s when the business side suffers. That’s when you suffer. It takes a long view to work on your career by working on your family.
Are you wise enough to follow along this journey with me as we explore activating your faith to fuel your fatherhood?