“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’”
I passed a country church a few years ago and I noticed the sign out front. I had to scan quickly but it read something like….“Parents’ lives are their children’s guidebook”. Somebody is watching and probably watching very closely! This fact can be overwhelming, challenging, and even scary! With Fathers Day here, I thought of another statement I heard recently. “It might be that a consistent, faithful, loving, godly, ever-present Dad is the most positive and crucial thing to exist in the life of a child. The absence of such a Dad could be one of the most detrimental”. There are certainly many other factors but on Fathers Day, this is worth consideration.
Of course there are no guarantees. Good Dads have children that go off course. Children without any positive influence or even the presence of a Father at all do become godly men and women. That happens in lives that understand and accept God’s grace into their being and discover that there is a perfect, ever-present, loving Heavenly Father who is available to all.
Your story may include a wonderful father who was always there for you. Your story may be quite the opposite. Maybe it’s even a horror story as it relates to an earthly father. Regardless of our earthly situation, we can all have a wonderful relationship with the Heavenly Father.
On a hot dry September day in 1986 I was mowing the yard. As I rode by our bay window, I noticed our son Seth peering out the window. At about 9 months old, he had pulled himself up to see out. His face clearly indicated he wanted to be outside with me. Every time I passed he was still there, watching intently. These moments stirred my heart that day as a new Dad, and as a result I wrote a song titled “Just Like You”. I’d like to share part of it with you ….
“I saw his face against the window pane, he was looking out at me.
Too young to speak yet he seemed to say ‘You’re everything I’d like to be’ .
He follows in my footsteps, trying all the things I do.
Imitating me is his special way to say Dad I love you.
I wanna be just like you, I wanna walk like you do.
Help me to grow, let my life show that I belong to you.
I wanna be just like you, I wanna talk like you do.
Help me each day along my way, Dad I wanna be just like you”
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