(as originally posted on DadPad)
Tires are kind of like the “Rodney Dangerfield’s” of the car. Of course the engine gets attention. Incredible sound systems enhance the ride. Plush interiors or talking GPS units are attractive extras. Except for the monster tires that are four times larger than needed for the trucks they are on, tires are mostly ignored. Yet, without them you won’t go far. And, the most important maintenance tip you need to follow to get the maximum life and effectiveness out of them is making sure they are properly inflated. That’s it. What goes into the tire is what makes it most effective.
Tires are like dads. Sometimes our society forgets how important dads are. Heck, if it wasn’t for writing the DadPad blog regularly, I am sure I wouldn’t think about my role as a dad nearly enough. I forget until my kids start displaying conduct that reflects being neglected or they simply start living as though I’m not there. Just like a tire that has been neglected affects the ride of the car, the family begins to feel the impact of a dad who hasn’t been “maintained” well.
When a tire is properly maintained, there are many positive outcomes. Proper inflation means maximum gas mileage and longer wear. Dad, what are you being “inflated” with? You’ve probably heard the adage, “garbage in, garbage out”. That is certainly true of things you’re putting into your lives. It’s imperative for you to first stop filling yourselves with improper things (pornography, excessive food or drink, and/or discouraging words about who you are—just to name a few). But even more critical than the things you shouldn’t be “inflating” yourself with is focusing properly on what you should be filling up with.
Proper time spent on the important things in life is critical for you to function well in your role as dad. Think about it. If you aren’t taking care of yourself physically, you are likely not going to have the energy to keep up with your kids. Too many hours at work gives you little time to spend with them. Mental exhaustion will keep you from being able to engage with them in a way that tells them you really care. And, most importantly, if you aren’t being filled with truths from God’s Word regularly, how can you impart that to your children?
“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces uevil, vfor out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45, ESV)
Properly maintained tires cause the car to run smoothly, efficiently and effectively. The same is true for you, dad, on the impact you have as you lead your family. Your inflation matters (I’m not talking about the extra 30 lbs you might need to lose like me ;). Fill yourself up with the proper things of life so that you are aptly prepared to lead your family well. Mostly, examine the proper “air pressure” of your spiritual life. Are you properly inflated to keep your family cruising with maximum efficiency and safety?
SOUND OFF: Spiritual “inflation” is critical to your role of being a dad. However, being properly “inflated” in the other areas of your life are also important. Which areas of your life need to be checked for the proper inflation—physical, mental, emotional or spiritual?