Every Father’s day is becoming sweeter and sweeter to me. My growing appreciation for the opportunity to set aside 24 hours in honor of Father’s transcends multiple levels of my life.
My Heavenly Father
I love that Father’s day always fall on a Sunday. Is there a sweeter way to celebrate, than in worshiping the Father of Lights and King of Kings? Today, as I stood in worship at FFC, my heart was overwhelmed at one point in worship to the song, You are God Alone (written by Billy J Foote and Cindy Foote, made famous by Phillips, Craig & Dean). There is nothing unique or exciting about the lyrics, it is simply a praise hymn. However, in the simplicity of the lyrics, something happened. For today it was transformed into a testimony of God’s beauty in my eyes (thanks Pastor Todd). For this might and unchangeable God, sent His only Son to die on the cross for MY sings. While it easy to use the words that name God as “Father” (see the Lord’s prayer), it is another thing entirely to call and cry out to God from our hearts as “Father” in the spirit of adoption (see Galatians 4:4-7). I am who I am today, because of my Heavenly Father’s, saving grace and work of sanctification in my life.
My Earthly Father
My Father was and is a hard-working man who embraced God’s calling as provider for his family. He loves God and has always placed his family above all other things that would consume his time. As busy as me and my siblings were in high school, I can scarcely remember a time where he was not present at one of our events. His support and sacrifice was never-ending. My Father taught me what it means to work hard and sacrifice to accomplish the things which you want in life. As I sit here at the computer, a time during my high school years stands out to me. I distinctly remember an instance where he “encouraged” me (more like challenged me) to have a stronger work ethic. While I can’t quite remember my immediate reaction (suffice to say it probably wasn’t very God or a great example of submission and respect to my father), as I look back on that time in my life my earthly father was right (in substance) and had every right (in role) to challenge me in this area. It is little events like these, accumulated over the past 27 years of my life, that allow me to say I am who I am today because of the love and training of my earthly father.
My Role as Father
To me this is the most frightening level of my life to write about it, because I am a long ways from being a perfect dad. By God’s grace we have four wonderful children, they are well behaved (most of the time), and learning what it means to love God. Yet, this is an area where God is currently “dealing” with me. Have you ever had those times where God uses his instrument of wisdom (Word of God, quiet prayer times, godly books, sermons, etc.) to speak truth into your life? Currently this is one of those times. I believe that God is speaking to my heart that as a father, he has given me a high calling of leading my family physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I can’t necessarily define what that looks like or will look like in our family’s life, but I am seeking God and praying for wisdom (James 1:5). Ultimately, my prayer is that someday, my children will be able to joyfully say, “I am who I am today, because of the role that my earthly father and Heavenly Father had in my life.”