Remember, you are created in God’s image. You are His masterpiece created for good works. It is He who set fatherhood in motion. Fatherhood is not something brought on by man but by God. God is the ultimate Father and role model for our position. God is a warrior ready for battle. He protects, provides and perseveres. But He is also caring and gentle and always aware of what’s going on. That’s our Father.
Many men grow up in the shadow of their dad, always trying to measure up or gain his approval. Many men may have grown up without a dad, never seeing or experiencing that father figure in their life. As men, there are so many things in life that has shaped us to be the man we are today. As men, the goal is to model our heavenly Father more than any other. Yes, we can have role models we learn from, and I want to be a role model for my children, but the ultimate model I want them to see is our heavenly Father. As dad’s we are always trying to be the hero for our children. It’s built in. But I don’t want to ever paint a picture of perfection with my face on that canvas. My children need to know I am flawed and always seeking advice from our heavenly Father. They need to see us on our knees; it’s okay for them to see us broken before our Father. They are watching us and learning from us. How else will they begin to trust in Him.
It’s funny because there are so many books on fatherhood. And 2/3rds of them leave God totally out of the picture. I wonder how Adam learned. He had no books. He was the book! Either way, throughout the Bible we see good and bad stories on fatherhood. King David, some would say, failed as a Father. But God called Him “a man after my own heart”. Bottom line is we all fail, but we get back up and keep moving forward in the power and will of our heavenly Father. Yes, there are many great dads out there who are atheists. The bottom line is you can be a great dad, raising your children to thrive and survive in this life but what about eternity. The plethora of books on Fatherhood leave that out. As Jesus said, “what good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Dad’s, what is the greatest gift you can leave your children? It’s not money!
Guys (and gals), father or not, let’s stay focused on the greatest Father of all time and may we pass Him on through our words, actions and attitudes always giving Him the glory for all the good we do. And may this Father’s Day be filled with joy and reflection as we celebrate our fathers.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name..." (Mt 6:9)