Ann Shackelton, Marriage and Family Therapist and Senior Vice President of Young Life’s HR department adds some important professional insights to this conversation:
“Girls are created, different than boys, to admire their fathers. Girls are made to be adored by their fathers and to adore their fathers. Their hearts are shaped for this and there is no replacing it.”
“This is the primary lens they can see God the Father through. Without a dad, God is distant and absent. Girls see God the way they see their dad. If a girl has a disinterested dad, she will sense that God is disinterested in her. If a girl senses their dad is disappointed in them, they will sense that God is also disappointed in them.”
Some questions: Dads, did you realize that your daughter will view God as she views you? Did you realize that your actions & attitudes are the personification of God in her life?
Would it change your interactions with your daughter if you thought your daughters potential faith might possibly be connected to what kind of Dad you are?
If you thought that were true, would that change your effort level as a Dad? Might that change how present you are in your daughter’s life?
Think it over Einstein!
PS: The above quotes from Ann Shackelton are found in Chapter 1 of the book “Prized Possession.”
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