challenging words for dads everywhere

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!

Bernie

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About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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