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Anchor Man? (part one)

February 19, 2007

A highly challenging book I’m reading at the moment is Anchor Man by Steve Farrar. The subtitle gives a hint as to why the book might be so engaging: “How a Father can anchor his family in Christ for the next 100 years.”

In the book’s introduction, Farrar explains that he gets this idea from Deuteronomy 6:1-2: “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgements which the Lord your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the Lord your God.”

Farrar goes on to explain:

“You may be thinking, I won’t have a family in one hundred years. Think again, my friend. You’ll have a family in one hundred years. You just won’t be around to know about it. But they will know about you. Although you won’t know them, the way you live your life today will directly affect them. Very few men understand this concept.

You love your wife. I love mine. You love your kids and so do I. At this point in my life, I don’t have grandchildren. I expect that one day I will. Now read this next sentence slowly: One day your children will have grandchildren. Those grandchildren of your children will be four generations removed from you. They will show up up about one hundred years from now, give or take ten or twenty years. Now let me ask you a question. When was the last time you ever thought about those kids? Maybe the better question is, have you ever thought about those kids?

God doesn’t expect us just to take care of our families today. He wants your leadership to be so noble that it will carry your family for at least a solid century.”

Well Dads, I think I can already recommend this book for your reading. Buy it here.

And you can pray for me. I’ve got a lot of work to do….
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4 comments

  1. Colin,

    Thank you for posting this. With as much reading as I am currently doing (some volitional, some…not so much) I have a habit of speed reading through blog posts. But for some reason every word of that quote hit me hard. The thought that the way I disciple my daughter will have an effect on what kind of disciples her grandchildren will be, is overwhelming.

    I appreciate the reminder.

    Tim


  2. Steve Farrar used to be a pastor at my church. His brother Jeff Farrar also used to pastor here. I’ve got some big anchors to live up to. :)


  3. I thank God for my faithful grandfathers!!


  4. Does anyone know where I can get an anchor like the one shown to use as a memory aid.



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