Monday, July 23, 2012
DADS ARE SPECIAL
Twenty years ago today, my father passed away at the age of only 71. It was a sad day and is anytime you lose a parent. Whether you expect it or not, it still happens and sometimes you are unprepared.
Dads are special. Without dads we would not have children. Dads help build things into their children's lives. Not only are they the bread winner in most cases, but the head of the home and the one who helps their children on their way to adult hood. Dad's sacrifice so their children can have things and go to college. Dads put off their own desires so they go watch little league and dance recitals instead.
For a Christian dad your most important duty should be the spiritual training of your little ones. That is more important than the scouts or playing video games. Help build into them a love for Jesus and the kingdom of God. (Look up Deuteronomy 6).
Some may be reading this that have very bad feelings about their biological or even adoptive or foster dad. Maybe they were cruel and hurt you or worse. Like the examples above, they certainly were not there for you or supporting you but more detached. Those holding onto bitter memories of a dead beat dad have to try to just let it go. Get counseling if necessary. Try to forgive your dad. You can only have true peace in your heart when you let go of pain and move on. You can not keep blaming and rehashing the past. It is over! Move on! Some children were abandoned by their dads through divorce and this also leaves a deep hole and feeling of rejection.
For those of you with the dads around you love give them a big hug and tell them how much you love them and how much you are thankful to to them. For dads out there, love God first then love your wife. This is the best example for the child.
You know what? God is the best daddy of all. Scripture refers to Him as 'Abba Father' and our heavenly father. Earthly dads have a big responsibility to try be be like their heavenly father. We are God's children. In Galatians 4:6 it says "Because you are sons, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out Abba Father." Translations say Abba means daddy. Think of that, he is our daddy. Less formal than 'Father'.
Where are you at today? Do you feel like Jesus is your 'daddy'? He is ready for you to come to him with your problems. He isn't going to 'ground' you, take away your car keys, lecture you, or treat you harsh. You earthly daddies out there need to try to be more merciful and kind and open so your children, whether small or grown, will not fear sharing things with you. Be like God and listen and do not condemn.
PRAYER: We thank you for fathers Lord. Help the men reading this strive to emulate Jesus in their fatherly actions or if not a dad to be like Jesus anyway. I know Lord you care for me and want me to talk to you daily. Your arms are always open wide. Thank you for being my daddy. In Jesus name. Amen.
Verses for further study: Psalm 128;Hebrews 12:9; Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21.
Book suggestion: The Father Heart of God by Floyd McClung, Jr.
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