If there was a crash course in what every father needs to know, that could be crushed into just 30 minutes, what would it look like? Probably pretty close to what former Queensland Father of the Year Darren Lewis shares here.

I read on a sticker inside a tour bus, in all places while doing a Hollywood tour in Los Angeles,

The most important things in life are not things.
– LA Bus

Most of us would say that there are more important things in life than things and money — but very few of us actually live that way.

Darren and Melissa Lewis are a couple who do.

A Full-Time Fathering Adventure


Darren & Melissa - Fathering Adventures

Darren & Melissa

Darren gave up being a self-employed engineer to run a business in a niche that does not pay in dollars very well, but more than makes up for that in other ways.  You see, Darren and Melissa worked out what that message on that bus sticker meant for them, and discovered something profound:

If you want to happy for an hour, take a nap

If you want to be happy for a day, go fishing

If you want to be happy for a year, inherit a fortune

If you want to be happy for a lifetime, help someone else succeed.

– old Chinese proverb

This truth has been known for centuries, but not many get to the fourth row of that proverb.
But this post isn’t about puffing up Darren because he makes others’ lives better.
It is really about how he can help make your life much better, and that of your kids.

You see, Darren now works full-time helping dads to become enthused with a vision for what it means to be a father, and how important the role of ‘dad’ is to their kids.

Get a Vision for Being a Dad

About to jet-ski on a Fathering Adventure.

So since 2008, Darren has run Fathering Adventures, where he takes dads on experiences with their kids that transform their relationships with one another, and by extension change their lives.


In this week’s podcast, Darren gives you the crash course on being an intentional dad.  He spills the beans on Fathering 101.

In 30 minutes, you get wisdom that most fathers never learn in an entire lifetime.
Why is this important? because

If we can help men, then we can help all of their children.
– Darren Lewis

Are you up for a fathering 101 crash course?

A Fathering 101 Crash Course

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • What is the core question that all kids need their dad to answer
  • How an intentional dad sets about answering that question
  • What is the ‘good thing’ that most dads do that make them mistakenly think makes them a good dad
  • What is it that God said to His people before a period of 430 years of silence that you need to hear today

and of course, much more …

I can testify that Darren knows what he is talking about firsthand, because I took one of my daughters on a Fathering Adventure with him and Melissa, which you can read about here; and you can also view a short snapshot of what Fathering Adventures does here.

Needless to say, I highly recommend not only listening to this podcast, but doing whatever you need to do to get you and your son or daughter on a Fathering Adventure.

Start planning to make it happen today.

In the meantime, leave a comment and share this with other dads.

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To get in touch with Darren Lewis at Fathering Adventures, you can do that here.

To make a donation to Fathering Adventures, you can do so here.


Originally published at Real Men 24/7.
Photo by Josh Willink from Pexels.

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