Sorry for the cheesy post title. But when you’re geeked about Father’s Day, that’s how you write. 🙂
I have the best family. Right now they are all chillin’, hanging out around the house…just being great. My youngest daughter is sitting on the floor watching Mom cut and organize fabric, while talking to her about magnets and counting. The boys are over by the recliner, playing Peter’s new hand-held game system and strategizing together to conquer this level’s latest villain. My oldest daughter is in the kitchen, all alone, making Dad (and the rest of us, it they are nice to me) some double chocolate chunk cookies!
They already blew me away by giving me this bad boy:
On the way home from church, my lovely wife (who, coincidentally, was the one who made me a Father!) insisted we pick up lunch. She spoiled us with a $5 “Hot ‘n Ready” from Little Caesars. Where does she get this kind of money?!
Today at church, we heard about four fathers from Scripture. Jacob, Solomon, Eli and Paul. We learned great things from these men; from their mistakes and from their successes. Ultimately we learn that no matter how we do as Fathers, good or bad, all glory goes to God. When we fail, we cry out to him asking him to trump our sin and use our failures to his glory. When we do anything well, we look to him as the giver of every good and perfect gift and the one who enables to do anything. Don’t despair about our failures. Don’t boast in your own abilities and success.
I walked away asking the following questions of myself. I also plan to ask my children these same questions:
- Am I approachable by my children?
- Am I willing to course correct when my sins are exposed?
- Do I / am I leaving a legacy of God’s word, and not just my own example?
- Do I stray from God’s holy standard in either my own life or my responsibility as a Father?
- Do I “father” other men well? Do I accept “fathering” from other men well(not just my own Dad)?
Happy Father’s Day to all the men out there. I hope you are enjoying this day as much as I am.
PS: I didn’t get what I wanted, but the day is still young, right? Maybe this will still turn up in the mail –