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We are working our way through Drive By Marriage and recently listened to the episode entitled “Mr. Incredible”. One of the things stated in the episode was that a husband/father should be “all in” at home. My husband asked that I write because he doesn’t know what that means.
He said he hears that similar phrasing from lots of godly speakers, but he doesn’t know what that looks like for him. He grew up in a home that spent a lot of time watching TV or playing video games; everyone was doing their own thing.
Self-focus is very much my husband’s tendency, which means he’s absent and distant. But he doesn’t know what else to do. I suggested it’s not about doing but being, being present and engaged. He still feels frustrated.
I think it would be helpful if he could see it modeled but we don’t have that in our lives. Could someone please explain more fully this concept, as well as give lots of practical examples, “virtual modeling” if you will. He/we understand that it will look differently in every household and it’s not about a list to check off to complete a task. But knowing real life, practical examples would be most helpful for him. Thank you!
There are several things to consider when thinking about becoming a husband and father that is “all in” while at home. Here are a few things to consider.
1. Always begin with the gospel, which is like a multifaceted diamond: each turn of the gospel reveals a new aspect. A primary facet is the intentionality of the gospel. God is an intentional God, always engaged in individual’s lives. You must want to imitate God this way (Ephesians 5:1).
2. Be sure that you don’t dichotomize your life into work and home or ministry and home. Listen to this podcast about “ministry as all of life.” Have a “do all for the glory of God” worldview (1 Corinthians 10:31).
3. If you are selectively intentional in different spheres of your life, you want to acknowledge and repent of your impartiality. E.g., if you are intentional and engaged at work but are not that way at home, you must address all the motives of your heart that tempt you to be one way at work but another way at home.
4. Motives for money or an excellent work reputation are not the best motivations. The best motivation is to do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
5. What is the reason (or motive) you do not fully engage your family while at home?
The main thing is prayer. If your husband is not “all in” and he needs to be “all in,” only the Lord can change him. I know you know this, but I must state the obvious. You both should be begging the Lord to grant your husband repentance so he can be “all in” at home (2 Timothy 2:24-25). If your husband does not pray this way, the Lord will oppose him, and he will stay passive (James 4:6).
Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and in 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).