We need Fathers in Business


William Wilberforce is remembered as the parliamentarian most responsible for ending the British slave trade. But to the people of his own generation, he was the man who changed the way the British viewed their role as parents.

Wilberforce did not marry until he was nearly forty.
But as Kevin Belmonte notes in Hero for Humanity, once Wilberforce became a husband and the father of six children, he took up his new responsibilities with relish.

It was not unusual, notes Belmonte, for him to excuse himself "from important deliberations with fellow MPs to go out on the lawn and have a race with the children."

Belmonte says it was through Wilberforce's example that British households "increasingly…became places where parents spent more time with their children, educating them, praying with them, reading with them, and playing with them."
Wilberforce resigned his powerful seat in the House of Commons in order "to take a more active role in education and rearing his children."

Sadly, these days too many fathers in business or politics neglect their families.
Wilberforce is a reminder of what every father should be in spite of great demands on his time.
For the sake of his children—he must be "at home, a candle set on a candlestick, as well as abroad a city built upon a hill."


(From - How Now Shall We Live? A Devotional by Charles Colson (Tyndale)

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