Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, and give attention that you may gain understanding. PROVERBS 4:1
I came across a tongue-in-cheek list of “Dad Rules” recently on the Internet— little warnings you might want to keep in mind as boys start wanting to date your daughter (or daughters):
If you pull into my driveway and honk your horn, you’d better be delivering a package, because you’re sure not picking anything up. It is usually understood that to get to know each other, we should talk about sports, politics and other issues of the day. Please do not do this. The only information I require from you is an indication of when you expect to have my daughter safely back at my house. And the only word I need from you on the subject is: “Early.”
As you stand in my front hallway, waiting for my daughter to appear, and more than an hour goes by, do not sigh and fidget. If you want to be on time for a movie, you should not be dating. Instead of just standing there, why don’t you do something useful, like changing the oil in my car? The following places are not appropriate for a date with my daughter:
Places where there are beds, sofas or anything softer than a wooden stool. Places where there is darkness. Places where there is dancing, holding hands or happiness. Places where the ambient temperature is warm enough to induce my daughter to wear shorts, tank tops, midriff T-shirts or anything other than overalls, a sweater and a goose-down parka zipped up to her throat. Hockey games are okay. Old folks homes are better. Okay, I’m not really suggesting that you use these rules (I don’t think). This is just a fun way of reminding you that protecting your daughter’s moral purity is a responsibility you need to take on with purpose, intent and diligence. Seriously.
I didn’t have room to list all the “Dad Rules.” Maybe you’d like to come up with a few more of your own.
Pray for a heart that’s not too busy, preoccupied or overly trusting when it comes to defending your daughter.