Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday Snippet: “We need a father movement”

“We need a father movement,” writes Lloyd Ogilvie, “and Father’s Day is a good day to begin. What I have in mind is more than simply honoring fathers with parties and gifts.”

In Silent Strength for My Life, Ogilvie continues, “It’s time for fathers to break the silence about what the Lord has done in their lives.”

When a father keeps spiritual matters private, what message does he send his children about the importance of faith?

Ogilvie starts his message with these words, “Teach them to your children and your grandchildren” (Deuteronomy 4:9). Sound familiar? Look near the top of this blog and what do you see? Deuteronomy 4:9, worded a little differently.

Ogilvie says kids are “very curious about what makes their parents tick. If fathers can orate on ‘Now when I was a boy …’ why not ‘Let me share what’s really important to me.…’”

So, to our men followers of S M 101: Katinga, Wayne, Matt, José, Baboo, and other men reading this blog: What about Lloyd Ogilvie’s challenge?

If you’re reading this, you’re probably already writing your stories, but I know you know men who are not writing their stories. How can you inspire them to tell their kids and grandkids what God has done in their lives?

You could recommend this blog to them, for one thing.

You could also recommend blogs I listed in the right sidebar. (I’ve run across other blogs I’ll add soon.)

What additional resources can you recommend to us? We welcome them!

Leave a comment below or on Facebook (, or e-mail me at and put “Spiritual Memoir” in the subject line so it won’t look like spam.

P. S. Did any of you take the Six-Word Memoir challenge from Wednesday’s post? (For details see If so, be sure to share your six-word memoir with us!

Happy writing!

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