Following is the September 26th entry from my Courageous Page-A-Day calendar …
“The love a caring father has for his children is a reflection of the love God has for each of His children.”
Soak and meditate on those words a few minutes …
The key words in that thought regarding an earthly father seem to be love and caring.
But what happens when an earthly father is neither loving or caring? What happens when a child has a broken relationship with their earthly father? Or even worse are abandoned by their earthly father?
In youth ministry, I encountered too many kids who saw the broken relationship with their earthly father as justification for being unable to trust a heavenly Father. And I have heard the testimony of many an adult who struggled in overcoming such a broken relationship in finally finding their way to their heavenly Father …
But I truly believe there is great truth in the thought from the Courageous calendar above. I also believe that when a child has a loving and caring father that they are better prepared for embracing the love of the heavenly Father.
So the questions I must challenge myself with are …
- How often are/have my words and interactions with my children been such that they have hindered their receptiveness to a relationship with their heavenly Father?
- How often has my love and caring made it easier for my children to embrace their relationship with their heavenly Father?
Unfortunately there are times I have been and continue to be guilty on the first question … fortunately these days I believe more often than not my love and caring relationship with my children and grandchildren makes it easier for them to embrace God the Father.
How about you?
Feeling a bit challenged by these words Lord … thank you!