The life lessons from Jesus' earthly father will inspire you to be the kind of dad you want to be.
The month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph and is a great time of year to remember the many ways the good saint helps men grow as fathers.
Do you know anyone about to become a new father? If so, this is a wonderful time to remind him of the many blessings he can find through following St. Joseph’s example. For those who are already dads, these 10 lessons from St. Joseph are also a great reminder.
1Trust that this is God's will for your life
Follow St. Joseph’s example and just trust! You are meant to be a wonderful father.
2Take on the great challenge
In the years preceding marriage and family, men are often drawn to activities that involve some element of risk-taking, challenge, and adventure, whether it’s fast cars, white water rafting, sports, or climbing the ranks at work. You need to be safer and more mindful about the risks you take now: but make no mistake: the adrenaline rushes of your youth have got nothing on fatherhood. And fatherhood is the greatest adventure of all. Every time in your youth that you dreamed of being the war hero, the super hero, the explorer, or the trail blazer: you finally have that ultimate chance and you were made for it. Welcome to fatherhood.
3Dream about your new family-to-be
You’re living the dream. You have a child on the way: a dream-come-true. As you dream about the kind of life you want to give your family, the ways you’ll bond with your child, remember that St. Joseph prayed even while he dreamed. So ask St. Joseph to help you make the dreams you hold for your children come true. Good fathers, that is to say, good St. Joseph figures, dream wisely for their children.
4Be a leader for your family
Your family (no matter how strong your wife and kids might be) will be looking to you for a servant-strength like Joseph had: a head of household who lives to serve them, leading by an example they respect.
5Even if it's meager, give fruits of your labor back to God
You might understandably be worried about money these days. Even if it’s meager, tithe something to charity, give something to the poor. It’s a way of saying that God will always come first. St. Joseph was poor, but he still gave those two doves at the Presentation!
6Protect your wife and child
Every woman (no matter how strong)wants a hero and kids sure want their dads to be a hero, too. Just as Joseph saved the life of his family, guiding them to Egypt you must always remember you are your family’s foremost protector.